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The Brooklyn Nets have reached agreement on a deal to unload forward Andrei Kirilenko onto the Philadelphia 76ers, sparing the franchise nearly $11 million in salary and luxury tax, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The 76ers will send forward Brandon Davies to the Nets and acquire a 2020 second-round pick in the deal, as well as the right to swap second-round picks with Brooklyn in the 2018 draft. The Nets will likely include guard Jorge Gutierrez in the deal, a league source told Yahoo.
The trade is expected to be finalized on Thursday.
Kirilenko is in the final year of a $3.3 million contract, and will be waived in Philadelphia once the deal is completed, sources said. Kirilenko would become a free agent, but it could still be several weeks – even months – before he's ready to sign a deal to play elsewhere this season, sources said.
Kirilenko, who fell out of favor with Nets coach Lionel Hollins, is attending to a family matter in the New York area that could limit his willingness to travel until sometime in February or March, sources said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers are among the contenders with needs at small forward who'll wait to see if Kirilenko is interested in signing a free-agent deal upon clearing waivers. Kirilenko has history with Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who coached him on the Russian national team.
Kirilenko struggled to stay healthy with the Nets a year ago, but did hold a significant role under ex-coach Jason Kidd when available. Under Hollins, Kirilenko has played only 36 minutes – without a basket. He has been inactive for two weeks.
Kirilenko has had a decorated NBA and international basketball career. He was an All-Star for the Utah Jazz in 2004 and made the first-team All-Defense team in 2006. In 12 NBA seasons, he's played with the Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Nets.
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