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Andrei Kirilenko Retires

JUNE 23RD, 9:06am: Kirilenko has made a final decision to retire, as he told Russia’s Sportexpress (translation via Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia).

JUNE 10TH, 8:16am: Retirement is the most likely outcome, Kirilenko admitted to the Russian media outlet Championat, offering only a 20% chance that he’ll play again as he cited the feeling that his body is not up for another full season (translation via Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia).

JUNE 2ND, 8:38am: Kirilenko put the brakes on retirement talk, telling Mike Mazzeo of via email that calling it quits is indeed a possibility for him but that it’s not yet a certainty, and that he’ll ponder the idea further over the summer (Twitter link).

JUNE 1ST, 6:34pm: Andrei Kirilenko has decided to retire after failing to receive an invitation from the Russian National Team to play in Eurobasket this summer, David Pick of tweets. That does not come as a surprise, since Kirilenko planned to make last season his final one in professional basketball. The 34-year-old most recently played with CSKA Moscow in his native Russia, appearing in 11 games and averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Kirilenko made his last NBA appearance with the Nets early last season. He appeared in seven games for a total of 36 minutes before taking a leave of absence in November to tend to his wife, who reportedly endured a complicated pregnancy before giving birth to a healthy baby boy in February.

Brooklyn traded him to the Sixers in December but Kirilenko refused to report to Philadelphia. The Sixers placed him on unpaid suspension before releasing him in an apparent buyout deal shortly after the trade deadline passed. He signed with CSKA Moscow in late February.

He spent parts of 13 seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Jazz. He joined Utah in 2001, two years after he was drafted 24th overall. Noted for his defensive prowess and versatility, Kirilenko spent 10 seasons in Utah, making an All-Star appearance in 2004.

He returned to Europe to play for CSKA Moscow during the 2011 lockout and stayed with the team for the balance of the 2011/12 season. He returned to the NBA the next year with the Timberwolves, but he surprisingly turned down a $10.219MM player option for 2012/13. Instead, he inked a two-year deal for about $6.509MM with the Nets that sparked controversy given the steep discount and the presence of fellow Russian Mikhail Prokhorov as Brooklyn’s owner. The NBA investigated the deal after complaints from at least one other team, but the league found no wrongdoing.

However, Kirilenko failed to make a major impact for Prokhorov’s Nets. For his NBA career, he averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 30.0 minutes per game with an 18.7 PER and 47.4% shooting. Kirilenko made more than $106.738MM during his NBA career, according to data from Basketball Reference and Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, though that doesn’t account for any money he lost during his Sixers suspension this year.

Sixers Waive Andrei Kirilenko

10:30pm: Kirilenko may play in Europe if he clears waivers, which is expected, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.

4:16pm:The Sixers have waived forward Andrei Kirilenko, the team has announced (Twitter link). It’s unclear if a buyout arrangement was reached or if the team simply waived the Russian outright. The veteran hasn’t played since November 13th and had been suspended by Philadelphia after he failed to report to the team after it had acquired him in a trade with the Nets on December 11th. Kirilenko 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 a baby boy.

Philadelphia’s GM Sam Hinkie had informed Kirilenko at the time of the trade that the team didn’t intend to waive him. Rumors before the trade had indicated that the Sixers were poised to release Kirilenko shortly after they obtained him, but instead Philadelphia held onto Kirilenko with the hope that he could be used as a trade chip, though no deal ever materialized. Releasing Kirilenko frees up a roster spot for the Sixers, who are now carrying 14 players.

In 12 NBA seasons, Kirilenko has averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. His career slash line is .474/.310/.754. He appeared in just seven games for Brooklyn this season, logging just 0.4 points in 5.1 minutes per contest.

Sixers Acquire Andrei Kirilenko

NBA: Preseason-Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets

12:40pm: The Sixers also receive cash, as Philadelphia announced in its press release. The 2018 second-rounder that the Sixers would send to Brooklyn if the teams swapped second-round picks that year would be Cleveland’s pick, the Sixers also note.

THURSDAY, 12:28pm: The trade is official, the Nets announced via press release. The Sixers get Kirilenko, Gutierrez, Brooklyn’s 2020 second-round pick and the right to swap 2018 second-rounders. The Nets receive Davies, and Brooklyn’s statement also confirms the creation of a pair of trade exceptions. The statement values them at $3.4MM and $916K, respectively, but it would appear as though they’re actually worth precisely $3,326,235 and $816,482, the equivalents of the salaries for Kirilenko and Gutierrez, respectively. The Nets can use them to trade for players with salaries of up to $100K more than those amounts any time between now and a year from today.

WEDNESDAY, 8:18pm: The Sixers and Nets have agreed to a trade that would send Andrei Kirilenko to Philadelphia, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. Also heading to the Sixers is the Nets’ 2020 second round pick, the right to swap second-rounders in 2018, and cash. In return the Nets will receive Brandon Davies. The deal is expected to be finalized on Thursday, and Brooklyn is also likely to send another minor player to the Sixers as well, Wojnarowski notes in a separate tweet. That player might be Jorge Gutierrez, Robert Windrem of NetsDaily reports (Twitter link).

Philadelphia is expected to waive Kirilenko and his guaranteed salary, worth more than $3.3MM. The Nets will save themselves nearly $12MM in salary and tax payments as a result of the deal, not counting Davies’ non-guaranteed salary of $816,482. Brooklyn isn’t planning on waiving him immediately, and will give Davies a look, reports Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News (Twitter links). The Nets are also working on signing a free agent wing player in addition to this trade, Bondy adds.

The 33-year-old Russian’s future is unclear, since Kirilenko has been dealing with undisclosed family issues that kept him away from the Nets, as well as clouded the trade talk surrounding him since it was unclear if he would be willing and able to report to any team that acquired him. The Jazz have been mentioned as potential suitors, though today’s signing of Patrick Christopher increased Utah’s roster count to the league-maximum fifteen players, which means the team would need to make a roster move to accommodate Kirilenko if it was still interested in his services. Wojnarowski’s article also lists the Cavs and the Clippers as teams that may be interested in signing Kirilenko.

In 12 NBA seasons, Kirilenko has averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. His career slash line is .474/.310/.754. He appeared in just seven games for Brooklyn this season, logging just 0.4 points in 5.1 minutes per contest.

The 23-year-old Davies is in his second season in the NBA after going undrafted out of BYU in 2013. His career numbers are 3.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. His shooting numbers are .417/.225/.640.

Andrei Kirilenko Opts In With Nets

TUESDAY, 9:22am: Kirilenko has officially opted in, the team announced via press release.

MONDAY, 5:57pm: Forward Andrei Kirilenko has decided to opt in with the Nets for next season at $3.3MM, a source tells David Aldridge of (on Twitter).  Kirilenko inked a one-year deal with a player option with the Nets last summer that caused quite a bit of controversy in NBA circles.

AK47 turned down a $10MM+ player option with the Timberwolves to sign a one-year, ~$3.1MM deal with Brooklyn that included a player option at roughly the same total.  Almost instantly, executives were in an uproar and accusations of impropriety starting flying quickly.  The league looked into the matter though and, ultimately, the Nets and Kirilenko were cleared of any wrongdoing.

Kirilenko walked from a big payday with the Wolves and didn’t really boost his value in his first season with the Nets.  In 45 games, Kirilenko averaged 5.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 1.6 APG in 19.0 minutes per night.  The 33-year-old was dogged by back trouble early in the season and had something of an up-and-down year after that.  The Nets were 30-15 in the games that Kirilenko played in but coach Jason Kidd took the veteran out of the game plan for more than one postseason contest.

Andrei Kirilenko On Signing With The Nets

It has been an extremely eventful offseason for the Nets, one that saw them add Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and a whole lot of dollars to their luxury tax bill. They weren't quite done after their blockbuster deal with the Celtics, however, as they added Andrei Kirilenko to the mix, making the roster even more dangerous from an offensive standpoint.

The move raised eyebrows all across basketball because AK47 signed for the mini mid-level exception of $3.18MM after turning down a player option for the Wolves worth $10MM+. I asked Kirilenko in a conference call earlier today if the whispers of a possible under-the-table agreement bothered him.

"I've been in these kinds of situations in my career when rumors happened when I've [changed teams] and you hear different kind of stories in the media," the Russian forward explained. "I can't do anything about what people think. You can't change it, so you can't control it."

During the call, Kirilenko spoke glowingly about the Nets and their potential to contend this season. However, he explained that he didn't walk away from Minnesota with an eye on Brooklyn. In fact, he said no to the one-year player option with the T-Wolves because he was seeking a multiyear pact with the club.

"I opted out not because I wanted to sign with the Nets. At that time, I wanted to be in Minnesota for a long time. But there was a change in Minnesota. I respect Flip Saunders' decision, but he decided not to sign me for a long time. I can’t do anything about that," said Kirilenko, who reportedly left the club in part because of David Kahn's departure.

Kirilenko wasn't specifically looking to play for the NBA's first Russian owner or to reunite with Deron Williams, but said both aspects appealed to him. While his decision to opt out cost him roughly $7MM this season, Kirilenko added that he has no regrets about how things played out. Ultimately, the former All-Star is thrilled to have a "legit chance" at winning a title, even if it leaves him a little lighter in the wallet.

Nets Sign Andrei Kirilenko

FRIDAY, 3:50pm: The Nets have officially signed Kirilenko, the team announced today in a press release.

THURSDAY, 6:22pm: According to multiple reports, Andrei Kirilenko has agreed to sign with the Nets for their taxpayer's mini mid-level exception, which is worth about $3.1MM.  The move was first reported by longtime NBA writer Peter Vecsey (Twitter link) and then confirmed by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (Twitter link), who later tweeted that the deal is a two-year contract with a player option for the second year.  The 6-foot-9 forward is the latest big splash for the Nets in an offseason full of them.  He will join a talented and determined group of veterans in a ring-or-bust environment in Brooklyn.

Kirilenko, 32, averaged 12.4 PPG and 5.7 RPG last year for the Timberwolves after spending the entire lockout-shortened season of 2011/12 playing back in his native Russia.  He spent the 10 years prior in a Jazz uniform.  While he wasn't the All-Star he was in his Utah days last year, Kirilenko was still an efficient player for Minnesota, tallying a PER of 17.67 in 64 games. He will presumably come off the bench in Brooklyn.

This moves promises to raise some eyebrows, as Kirilenko turned down a player option from the Wolves worth more than $10MM and has now chosen to sign with the Nets and fellow Russian Mikhail Prokhorov for considerably less.  Prior to his NBA career, Kirilenko played for CSKA Moscow from 1998 to 2001, then owned by Prohkorov.  We had heard Kirilenko's name primarily connected with the Spurs and Cavs of late, so this news definitely comes as a surprise.  Just yesterday, Bondy reported that there was "nothing happening" between Kirilenko and the Nets.

Kirilenko is represented by Marc Fleisher at Entersport, as shown in our agency database

Spurs In Mix For Andrei Kirilenko

Having declined his player option for 2013/14, Andrei Kirilenko is on the open market, and at least one team besides the Wolves has Kirilenko in its sights, according to's Marc Stein. Stein tweets that the Spurs are expected to be in the mix for the Russian forward.

San Antonio has the opportunity to clear a good chunk of cap space this summer, but it will depend on what the team decides to do with free agents Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter, and Gary Neal. Re-signing all three players at reasonable prices could ensure that the team doesn't have the room necessary to pursue Kirilenko. But if the club were to let Splitter walk, for instance, there may be room to make a player like Kirilenko a competitive offer.

Kirilenko turned down a $10MM+ salary from the Timberwolves to hit the open market, and in an interview with Russia's Sport Express (translated by HoopsHype), he explains that he's seeking the security of a long-term contract. The 32-year-old believes he has at least three productive seasons left in him, and indicated he's open to returning to Minnesota, though Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune doesn't believe the Wolves have much interest in a reunion (Twitter link).

Andrei Kirilenko To Opt Out

Andrei Kirilenko is opting out of his deal with the T’Wolves, a source tells Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter).  The Russian will hit the open market rather than earn $10.22MM with Minnesota next season.

We’ve heard that the Wolves would like to bring Kirilenko back, but aren’t keen on a deal that would pay him $10MM+ per season.  Kirilenko’s opting out may not be a sign that he is expecting a deal with an AAV beyond $10MM, but the 32-year-old could be seeking something in that neighborhood on a multi-year deal.

If the Wolves do not retain Kirilenko, they could be left with a decent chunk of cap space this summer.   With AK off of the books, the Wolves have roughly $39MM in guaranteed salary for next season.  Of course, the Wolves will have to commit a considerable amount of money to Nikola Pekovic if they decide to match his offer sheet.  All indications are that the club wants to retain the 27-year-old.

Trade Candidate: Andrei Kirilenko

When the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Andrei Kirilenko to a two-year, $20MM contract last summer, they figured they would be adding him as a complimentary sidekick for Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio (upon his return from a knee injury).  

Instead, Kirilenko has emerged as perhaps the team's best overall player, defending the opposition's best perimeter threat on a nightly basis while facilitating Rick Adelman's cut-and-move happy offense with fortuitous passing and a masterful understanding of angles and spacing. 

He's averaging 13.1PPG (his most since 2005/06) on a career best 51.5% shooting from the floor, and his blocks, steals, and assists are all around his career averages. 

But even though he's playing so well, Kirilenko is 31 years old with a $10.2MM player option on his contract next season. It's probable he seeks a long term deal, and it wouldn't surprise anyone to see him opt out of his current contract and force the Timberwolves to either sign him to a multiple year deal (not likely) or lose him for nothing. 

Kirilenko wouldn't be on the hypothetical trading block if it weren't for the recent news that Love broke his right hand for the second time this season. With Minnesota's All-Star out of the lineup for who knows how long (Love will see a hand doctor in New York City next week to determine if surgery is necessary) the Timberwolves could seriously struggle.

It could potentially turn them from a buyer into a seller, as they fall from the playoff picture (as of January 5, the Lakers, Jazz, and Mavericks all trail Minnesota in the Western Conference standings).

One possible suitor might be the Oklahoma City Thunder, who could dangle Toronto's top three protected lottery pick in Minnesota general manager David Kahn's face. It would allow the Timberwolves to get a high draft pick and give them more flexibility moving forward. Kirilenko is playing some of the best basketball of his career right now, but moving him when his value is high might be the smartest options the Timberwolves have. 

Timberwolves Sign Andrei Kirilenko

FRIDAY, 12:31pm: Having finalized the trade that removed Johnson's salary from their books, the Timberwolves have officially announced the signing of Kirilenko (Twitter link).

WEDNESDAY, 4:51pm: The Timberwolves are "finalizing" a two-year, $20MM contract agreement with Andrei Kirilenko, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). The second year of the deal is expected to be a player option, adds Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

Minnesota is putting the finishing touches on a three-team trade with the Suns and Hornets that will allow the team to clear Wesley Johnson's $4.29MM salary from its books, creating the necessary cap space for Kirilenko. The terms of Kirilenko's deal appear to be a bit higher than originally thought, making him an even tighter fit, as we examined earlier. It seemed as though the Wolves could only afford about an $8MM first-year salary for Kirilenko, but it's possible they could clear additional room by adding players to the three-team trade.

The 31-year-old Kirilenko has averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in 10 NBA seasons, all with the Jazz. The Russian forward, who spent 2011/12 with CSKA Moscow, had drawn interest from the Nets and Warriors, but neither team had the capability to come close to a $10MM annual salary. The Nets were limited to giving him the veteran's minimum, while the Warriors are reluctant to use the full mid-level exception, since doing so would push them over the taxpaying threshold.

For the Wolves, the move gives them the sort of long-armed forward they missed out on when the Blazers matched the offer sheet to Nicolas Batum. Though the 6'9" Kirilenko is older, he comes on a much shorter deal and solidifies the team's status as a contender for a playoff spot, answering Kevin Love's recent appeal for a more competitive team.

Timberwolves Targeting Andrei Kirilenko

As we learned last night, having lost out on Nicolas Batum last week, the Timberwolves have shifted their focus to trying to land Russian forward Andrei Kirilenko. The T-Wolves have entered three-way trade talks with the Suns and Hornets in an effort to clear cap space. While that trade has yet to be finalized, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that centerpiece Robin Lopez could be returning soon from a vacation to take a physical for the Hornets.

If the proposed deal goes through, the T-Wolves would be parting ways with former fourth overall pick Wesley Johnson and a future lottery-protected first-round pick. While the move is more about cap space for Minnesota, the team would also acquire a pair of second-round picks from the Hornets, according to Wojnarowski.

With the Timberwolves' deals for Greg Stiemsma, Alexey Shved and Brandon Roy yet to be finalized, it's unclear exactly how much cap space the team currently owns. Based on reported salaries for those three players, I'm guessing the team would have about $3-4MM left over after signing those deals. Removing Johnson's $4.29MM salary from the books as well would allow the T-Wolves to make a competitive offer for Kirilenko, who isn't interested in signing for the veteran's minimum in Brooklyn, according to Wojnarowski.

According to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Wolves are willing to pay as much as $9MM per season over two years for Kirilenko. While we're not sure if they can go quite that high in year one, any agreement would figure to be in that ballpark — Wojnarowski says Kirilenko is seeking a contract that would pay him "in the vicinity" of $8MM annually.

For his part, Kirilenko has said he wants to decide on his new team before the Olympics begin, so we should get some resolution on the 31-year-old's contract situation in the near future.

Andrei Kirilenko To Return To NBA

8:34pm: Several league executives believe the Timberwolves are pursuing Andrei Kirilenko. Kirilenko is no longer considering Brooklyn, tweets Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski. The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda believes the Wolves may offer Kirilenko a deal somewhere along the lines of two years and $18MM. (Twitter link)

3:39pm: According to's Marc Stein, the Nets are making a "hard push" to sign Kirilenko, despite only being to offer the veteran's minimum. Stein confirms that the Warriors are also in the hunt for the veteran forward.

12:04pm: The Nets have not been officially informed that Kirilenko won't sign with them, so that possibility still could be alive, says Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (via Twitter).

11:22am: After spending the 2011/12 season overseas, Andrei Kirilenko will return to the NBA, he confirmed today. Kirilenko told Russia's R-Sport (English link via Sportando) that he has informed CSKA Moscow president Andrei Vatutin of his intentions to continue his career in the NBA.

Kirilenko has long been linked to the Nets, in large part due to his friendship with the team's owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. However, a source tells Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (Twitter link) that Kirilenko is not interested in signing in Brooklyn for the veteran's minimum, which is all the Nets could offer.

If the Nets are out of the running, Kirilenko's NBA destination is a bit of a mystery. There are a few teams with cap space or exceptions left to make the Russian forward a competitive offer, but many of those clubs are non-contenders — it seems unlikely the 31-year-old would make the jump to the NBA unless he were signing with a playoff team.

The Warriors are one team recently reported to have interest in Kirilenko.

Warriors Interested In Andrei Kirilenko

The Warriors are seeking a backup forward and have been linked to Carl Landry, Kenyon Martin, Shelden Williams, and others. Today, Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group adds another name to the team's wish list, reporting that Golden State is interested in Andrei Kirilenko, though Thompson cautions the Russian forward would be a long shot for the Warriors.

Earlier today, we passed along comments Kirilenko yesterday in which he suggested he could end up on the Nets or back in Russia with CSKA Moscow. As I wrote at the time, the Nets could only offer the veteran's minimum. The Warriors have the flexibility to offer at least double that amount, but it's not clear if that would be enough or if Kirilenko would have interest in the Warriors.

Based on Kirilenko's comments about potentially returning to the NBA, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune (Twitter link) wonders if the Timberwolves, another team that could offer more than the Nets, would be interested in the veteran forward.

International Moves: Kirilenko, Lorbek

We'll track today's news from overseas here in this post, with the latest updates on top:

  • Former Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko has been named the 2012 Euroleague MVP and winner of its Best Defender Award as well, according to a Euroleague press release (via Emiliano Carchia of Sportando). Earlier today we heard that though the Nets do not have a deal in place for Kirilenko, Brooklyn has been keeping an eye on him, while the Jazz remain Kirilenko's top choice among NBA teams. Former NBA center Nenad Krstic and 6'10" Erazem Lorbek, who's reportedly "very close" to a contract with the Spurs, were also selected to the All-Euroleague First Team.

Nets Not Currently In Talks With Kirilenko

Earlier today, a report surfaced suggesting that the Nets had a verbal agreement in place to sign Andrei Kirilenko to a three-year contract. However, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (via Twitter), that report is inaccurate.

As we heard yesterday, Nets GM Billy King will travel to Istanbul next week to meet with 2011 draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic at the Euroleague Final Four, and Bondy acknowledges that perhaps King could also touch base with Kirilenko there. Right now though, the two sides don't have an agreement and aren't engaged in discussions, says Bondy (Twitter links).

Kirilenko, who signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow in Russia during the NBA lockout, is expected to return to North America at some point. His contract includes opt-out clauses at the end of each season, so he could become eligible to sign with an NBA team once the Euroleague season ends.

The Nets were seriously interested in Kirilenko in December, but it's not clear if they'll maintain that same level of interest now that they'll be attempting to re-sign forwards Gerald Wallace and Gerald Green.

Eastern Notes: Kirilenko, Perkins, Young

Recently released Sixers forward Andrei Kirilenko hinted that his NBA career is over in comments he made after joining CSKA Moscow, as Nikos Varlas of relays.

“I am glad to be back to my favorite team, where I played in the beginning of my career, then in the middle of it,” Kirilenko said. “It’s great that I got this chance and I was happy to use it. I understand that the time has come to think about quitting as a pro player and in my opinion it is better to do it in my dear club’s uniform.”

It would have been hard to imagine such an abrupt ending for the 34-year-old in 2013, when he turned down a player option worth $10.219MM from the Timberwolves, but it’s been largely downhill for him since he signed a discount deal with the Nets that summer. Here’s more news related to Eastern Conference teams:

  • The Cavs aren’t signing Kendrick Perkins with the thought that he’ll have the same sort of role he played this season for the Thunder, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Instead, he’ll simply be an “insurance policy” in case another big man is unable to play, Lloyd writes. Cleveland is set to ink Perkins today once he clears waivers.
  • A desire for more athleticism helped prompt the Nets to swap Kevin Garnett for Thaddeus Young, who’s ecstatic about having been sent to Brooklyn, as Newsday’s Roderick Boone details. Young has an early termination option worth as much as nearly $10.222MM for next season.
  • The deadline trade that sent Isaiah Canaan to Philadelphia thrust him into a chance at significant playing time for the first time in his career, and coach Brett Brown is impressed so far, as Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders examines. Canaan, like many on the Sixers roster, nonetheless has little job security, since less than $758K of his minimum salary is guaranteed for next season.

Andrei Kirilenko Signs With CSKA Moscow

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 (Twiiter link). Kirilenko is expected to sign a contract that runs through the summer of 2015, according to Nikos Varlas of

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.

Atlantic Notes: Nets, ‘Melo, Kirilenko

The Raptors appear to be in buying mode if they’re to make a deadline move, while the Sixers and Knicks are probably sellers, and the Celtics have already demonstrated their willingness to part with immediate assets with their flurry of trades so far this season. That leaves the Nets, amid persistent rumors surrounding Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson for the past two months. Still, coach Lionel Hollins doesn’t expect that the Nets will make any deadline moves, as Tim Bontemps of the New York Post observes. Here’s more from around the Atlantic while we wait to see if Hollins is correct about what GM Billy King and company do:

  • Heat team president Pat Riley said he called agent Leon Rose about Carmelo Anthony this past summer when Anthony was already deep into his free agent decision-making, but the Knicks star insists he never personally heard from the Heat, notes Marc Berman of the New York Post.
  • Andrei Kirilenko‘s wife gave birth to a healthy baby son this week, according to Robert Windrem of NetsDaily (Twitter link), and that’s a signal that movement might be afoot for Kirilenko’s NBA career. Kirilenko, without specifying the issue that’s kept him from playing since November 13th, told reporters in December that it would be resolved by February. The veteran forward has been on suspension while taking leave to tend to his wife for the past few months, and the Sixers have reportedly viewed him as a trade chip.
  • Xavier Thames, the No. 59 pick in the 2014 draft whose rights belong to the Nets, is joining the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, reports Reggie Hayes of The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel. Thames had been playing with Baloncesto Sevilla of Spain.

Sixers Place Andrei Kirilenko On Suspension

1:23pm: The notion of a handshake deal between Kirilenko and the Sixers that was to result in the team releasing him conflicts with what John Gonzalez of has heard from the start, Gonzalez tweets. The Sixers never wanted to waive him, according to Gonzalez, echoing his report from last month.

10:33am: Sixers coach Brett Brown confirmed Kirilenko is suspended without pay, tweets Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The suspension costs Kirilenko 1/110th of his salary for this season, worth more than $3.326MM.

9:58am: The team informed the NBA of the suspension earlier this week, Wojnarowski tweets.

9:49pm: Philadelphia indeed suspended Kirilenko, and the suspension is without pay, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link).

9:00am: The Sixers placed Andrei Kirilenko on the Suspended List, as Salary Cap FAQ author Larry Coon wrote in a chat for Basketball Insiders and as a source confirms to Hoops Rumors. It appears as though the team suspended Kirilenko, who hasn’t played since November 13th as he’s reportedly been dealing with a medical issue involving his pregnant wife. The 33-year-old forward has yet to report to the team after Philadelphia acquired him on December 11th in a trade with the Nets. Sources tell Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Sixers and Kirilenko had a handshake agreement that the team would release him shortly after the trade, though a Sixers team source tells Ford that no such agreement was in place. Kirilenko’s failure to report to the team within 48 hours of receiving notice of the trade left him subject to a fine, suspension or both from the NBA as well as the Sixers, but signs point to the team having taken the action.

Kirilenko has gone down as one of Philadelphia’s inactive players for every game since the trade, but the Sixers would have had to list him as active for at least five games before they could move him to the Suspended List if he were on league suspension. That’s not the case with a team suspension, which allows the player to be either active or inactive for three games before he may be placed on the Suspended List, as noted in the NBA’s Constitution and By-Laws and as Coon’s Salary Cap FAQ explains.

Kirilenko’s presence on the Suspended List opened a spot on the 15-man roster for the the Sixers to trade for Jared Cunningham on Wednesday without offloading another player. Philadelphia would otherwise have been unable to do so, even though the Sixers quickly waived Cunningham and his non-guaranteed salary after the trade. Sixers coach Brett Brown acknowledged this week that Kirilenko’s absence played a role in the ability to swing the Cunningham trade. It’s not the first time this season that the Suspended List has allowed a team to add a player it otherwise couldn’t have. The Grizzlies briefly carried 16 players in November while Nick Calathes was serving a 20-game league suspension, as I explained.

Most suspensions are unpaid, though there’s no word of whether that’s the case with Kirilenko, nor is it clear how long his time on the Suspended List will last. The Sixers are willing to make some accommodations, but they feel as though the short distance between New York, where Kirilenko and his family have been living, and Philadelphia should allow him to play, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports wrote last month.

Kirilenko’s wife is enduring a difficult pregnancy and the 13th-year veteran has wanted to stay home with her rather than play for the Nets or the Sixers, league sources tell Ford. The Nets told the Sixers prior to the trade that Kirilenko wouldn’t report and that he hoped to become a free agent, Ford hears. The Nets believed that the Sixers agreed to release Kirilenko after the trade, a source tells Ford, who also writes that Brooklyn had other trade options that would have given the Nets just as much, if not more, had Kirilenko been willing to play. Philadelphia declined to put Kirilenko through a physical before OKing the trade, according to Ford, who wonders why the Sixers wouldn’t have given him a checkup if they expected Kirilenko to hit the court. In any case, some teams have grown leery of doing business with Sixers GM Sam Hinkie, league sources tell Ford.

The issue involving Kirilenko’s wife won’t be resolved until February, as Kirilenko told reporters early last month. The trade deadline is February 19th. Regardless of whether the Sixers trade or waive him, it’s unlikely that Kirilenko remains on the roster past the deadline, Wojnarowski wrote late last month. The CavsClippers and Rockets apparently held interest in Kirilenko earlier this season, and there were conflicting reports about whether the Jazz were in the mix.

Kirilenko’s agent and the Sixers did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Hoops Rumors.

Sixers Push Andrei Kirilenko To Play

The Sixers have asked Andrei Kirilenko to report to the team, but he continues to hold out, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The 33-year-old forward, whom Philadelphia acquired via trade from the Nets on December 11th, hasn’t appeared in a game since November 13th as he tends to a family medical issue involving his wife. The Sixers are willing to make some accommodations for him so he can deal with the matter, but they believe that the short distance between New York, where the Kirilenkos live, and Philadelphia should allow him to play, Wojnarowski adds.

Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has informed the Marc Fleischer client that the team doesn’t intend to waive him, Wojnarowski hears. Rumors before the trade indicated that the Sixers were poised to release Kirilenko shortly after they obtained him, but instead Philadelphia has hung onto him, and the team would like to trade Kirilenko at the deadline, as John Gonzalez of reported earlier this month. However, most other teams are set against trading for him because they believe he’ll simply become available as a free agent at some point this season, according to Wojnarowski. Kirilenko is in the final year of a contract that pays him a guaranteed $3.326MM this season, but it’s unlikely that Philadelphia will fail to either waive or trade him before the deadline, Wojnarowski writes.

Kirilenko has reportedly targeted February for a return to action, but he’s subject to a fine or a suspension if he doesn’t report to the Sixers. Players acquired via trade during the season have 48 hours to report, a threshold that Kirilenko has long since crossed. Both the league and the team may levy punishment if he continues to sit out, since failure to report following a trade is one of the rare instances in which a player is subject to a double penalty, as Larry Coon’s Salary Cap FAQ points out.

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