TUESDAY, 7:37am: The deal is official, the team announced. It runs until the end of the season.
MONDAY, 4:55pm: Kirilenko has cleared waivers, as Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today hears (Twitter link). That removes the hurdle for him to sign with the Russian team.
SUNDAY, 11:24am: Andrei Kirilenko will sign with CSKA Moscow once he clears waivers, a team official from CSKA Moscow tells David Pick of Eurobasket.com (Twiiter link). Kirilenko is expected to sign a contract that runs through the summer of 2015, according to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net.
Kirilenko hasn’t played an NBA game since November 13th and had been suspended by Philadelphia after he failed to report to the team when it acquired him in a trade from the Nets on December 11th. The 34-year-old had been away from the team tending to a medical issue involving his wife’s pregnancy, which was resolved last week when she gave birth to her son.
As soon as the Sixers acquired the forward, there were rumors of him being released but GM Sam Hinkie informed him that the team did not intend to make such a move. Philadelphia held onto Kirilenko, hoping that he could be used as a trade chip but no deal materialized. The Sixers waived the Russian forward on Saturday and it is unlikely any team claims him.
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I thought his gripe was that his father or something was sick or something and being cared for in NY so he wanted to stay close to him? So that was just BS.