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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

Though Nets coach Lionel Hollins said he wasn’t sure whether Johnson would be able to play against Philadelphia Friday in Brooklyn, Johnson left no doubt about what will happen when the Nets take the floor. “I’m definitely going to play,” Johnson said. “I got here [today] a little early, so I can try and get a little workout in before the guys got in because I knew they probably wouldn’t do it as much on the court. I felt pretty good. Still a little low on energy, but for the most part, I’ll be all right.” New York Post

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Hollins said of what he envisioned when he was hired this summer. “I thought we would be better. I didn’t know when. “We have some deficiencies. The rebounding one is huge, and defensively, the quickness against most teams is huge. And just being able to execute and play at a tempo that keeps us in games versus letting the other team having their way of playing — that’s important, too. New York Post

December 11, 2014 Updates

Joe on being on the trading block: “This is what comes with the territory,” he said. “It’s part of it. And us as players, we still have jobs to do. And that’s to come out, try to get victories and help this team be successful. We just gotta stay focused with that.” ESPN.com

Would it be more realistic to try and swap expiring deal of Garnett and maybe Plumlee for say, Nash/Ellington/Ed Davis from Lakers? Rearranging deckchairs maybe, but sometimes restructuring helps a company manage its assets more efficiently. I think it's going to be a very, very tough sell. The two teams that are obvious choices are the Lakers and Knicks. But I can't imagine the Knicks wanting to swap with their cross town rivals, and even if they did, sources say the Knicks aren't going to do anything to damage their upcoming cap space next year unless they land an All-Star caliber talent. ESPN.com

The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Darius Morris, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. NBA.com

Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Charlotte Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Brooklyn Nets, but hopes to remain part of and succeed in his partnership with the Hornets, league sources told RealGM. RealGM

Chris Mannix: Nets will keep Davies on the roster, per sources. Team will see how he fits before deciding whether to keep him for the season or cut him. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

Jeff Zillgitt: Andrei Kirilenko, I've been told, is done playing in the NBA for now. He could end up on a roster later this season but that's iffy too. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

Rod Boone: Expectation is that Joe Johnson will be back at practice today for #Nets. Hasn't practiced or played with team since Friday's loss to #Hawks Twitter @rodboone

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


Deron Williams and Joe Johnson move up a few spots in a list topped by their former head coach.


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