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December 11, 2014 Updates

Kirilenko, a 13-year veteran, returned to practice Dec. 2 after being away from the Nets for personal reasons. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Russian is averaging just 5.1 minutes per game. When asked after his team's 95-79 loss to Atlanta what he could say about the trade, Sixers coach Brett Brown said: "Not a lot. I'm aware of the rumblings. I think more will be revealed real soon, but really not that much." Philadelphia Inquirer

The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to send veteran small forward Andrei Kirilenko, a 2020 second-round draft pick and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for second-year forward Brandon Davies, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet finalized. The deal, which will save the formerly-free-spending Nets approximately $12 million and is likely to be finalized on Thursday, is also expected to give the Sixers the right to swap 2018 second-round picks with Brooklyn. USA Today Sports

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. Yahoo! Sports

Sam Amick: The deal will save Brooklyn around $12 million, all told. Likely to be finalized on Thursday. Yahoo! first reported. Twitter @sam_amick

Alex Raskin: #Nets get a $3.3 million trade exception in this deal, which means they can spend the money they saved in this deal. Twitter @alexraskinNYC

“Yeah. I know it’s tough on him not being able to play this year, and the situation he’s in,” said Deron Williams, Kirilenko’s friend and longtime teammate with the Jazz before spending the last year-plus together with the Nets. “But I wish him nothing but the best.” Though Davies has a fully non-guaranteed contract, league sources confirmed the Nets will hang onto him in order to give him a look. The 6-foot-9 forward had played in every game for Philadelphia before being held out of Wednesday’s 95-79 loss in Atlanta, and has averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. New York Post

John Gonzalez: Told Sixers trying to convince Andrei Kirilenko to stick around. View him as tradable asset at deadline. AK not happy about playing for them Twitter @gonzoCSN

December 10, 2014 Updates

The 76ers are still in trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets for Andrei Kirilenko, according to a team source. The Sixers are expected to waive the forward if the deal is completed. They would take on his expiring $3.1 million contact and receive a second-round pick for making the deal. The Sixers wouldn’t have to give back anything substantial due to being around $24 million under the $63 million salary cap. Philadelphia Inquirer

The only thing that can be said for certain about the Nets, according to my league sources, is that they will trade Andrei Kirilenko to Philadelphia in the next day or two for bupkus, the Sixers will waive Kirilenko, and he will remain sidelined until the end of February, after his pregnant wife gives birth. SheridanHoops

December 9, 2014 Updates

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