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John Gonzalez: As we reported night they acquired Andrei Kirilenko, Sixers don’t want to waive him. View him as tradeable asset at deadline #sixerstalk Twitter @gonzoCSN

The Sixers placed Andrei Kirilenko on the Suspended List, a source tells 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 Hoops Rumors

The difference with this transaction, however, is there are lingering hard feelings about how it played out and unsettling questions from some league sources about the way Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie handled the deal. According to two sources with inside knowledge of the negotiations, the Sixers had agreed to release veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko after the trade was consummated, but did not follow through on that handshake deal. Kirilenko, who played only seven games with the Nets this season, remains on the Sixers roster but has refused to join the team despite a request to do so. Philadelphia Inquirer

"He might have an IQ of 150, but [Hinkie] doesn't seem to realize you have to deal with these people over and over," one league source said. Could Hinkie have misinterpreted or misunderstood the alleged agreement with the Nets, who wanted to satisfy the desire of Kirilenko - a favorite of Russian team owner Mikhail Prokhorov - to become a free agent? "No," said another source. "I think he started thinking he can just hold onto him and use him at the trade deadline in a package to get something." Philadelphia Inquirer

According to two sources, the Nets told the Sixers that Kirilenko would not report and wished to become a free agent. Brooklyn had other trade options that would have worked out just as well or better if Kirilenko had been willing to play. Those sources insist the Sixers agreed to release Kirilenko but did not. "That's 100 percent accurate," one source said. "[The Nets] clearly believed there was a handshake deal." Philadelphia Inquirer

December 27, 2014 Updates

One player who might have been a possibility was former Detroit forward Josh Smith, who was released by the Pistons and signed with Houston this week. Miami could consider current free agents Jermaine O’Neal and Emeka Okafor if they still want to play, and Andrei Kirilenko might become available if he continues refusing to report to Philadelphia. Andray Blatche, 27, would be worth a look, but he currently is playing in China and will not be able to return to the NBA until March. Palm Beach Post

December 23, 2014 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers are requesting forward Andrei Kirilenko report to the team and prepare to start playing in games, league sources told Yahoo Sports. For now, Kirilenko and his representatives are resisting the Sixers' overtures, preferring the organization waive Kirilenko and let him become a free agent, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

After Philadelphia and the Brooklyn Nets completed a trade for Kirilenko on Dec. 11, Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie has repeatedly expressed to Kirilenko's camp that there are no immediate plans to cut him loose, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

December 16, 2014 Updates
December 13, 2014 Updates

King, however, said he hasn’t been given a mandate by ownership to reduce the salary — the Nets are still slated to pay a league high of more than $115 million in salary and taxes this season. "We looked at it and made a decision this year to go in a different direction," King said. "It wasn’t that the message came down, do this. We talk and discuss things." Bergen Record

December 12, 2014 Updates

The Nets and 76ers made the Andrei Kirilenko trade official Thursday, with Brooklyn agreeing to send Kirilenko, Jorge Gutierrez their 2020 second-round pick, the right to swap 2018 second-round picks and cash considerations to Philadelphia for forward Brandon Davies. One wrinkle to the trade is the swap of second-round picks will give the Nets the lower pick between theirs and the Cavaliers, who already sent Philadelphia their second-round pick that year as part of a trade this summer. The Nets also created a pair of trade exceptions — one worth $3.4 million, the other worth $916,000 — as part of the deal. New York Post

December 11, 2014 Updates

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