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December 11, 2014 Updates

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

Dario Saric: "Everyday someone from Sixers' organization calls me. I spoke with Sam Hinkie and I spoke also with some international scouts of the Sixers. They're always in touch with me". Sportando

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

Despite all that, the Sixers may well have a brighter long-term future than the Knicks. “If [Joel] Embiid is [Hakeem] Olajawon instead of [Greg] Oden, the answer is Philly,” one NBA executive told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog. “The Knicks have one first-round pick in the next two years, zero second-round picks and zero worthwhile International Rights guys. Philly has two first-round picks this year, four second-round picks in the next two and the rights to [Dario] Saric and [Vasilije] Micic. Melo is better than any current 76er but Philly has a far better coach and more talented young players.” The Knicks Blog

“The Knicks will have to rely almost exclusively on free agency — a difficult process sometimes,” the Sixers source said. “The Knicks need to start building a roster and stop waiting for a miracle free agent,” the NBA exec said. “There are too many destination markets with cap room and better rosters and a weak ’15 free agent class.” The Knicks Blog

The Portland Trail Blazers, sporting one of the best records in the NBA, are offering tickets on Groupon for the first game after Christmas, Dec. 26 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. "Not a great opponent on a traditionally great date (day after Christmas)," Chris McGowan said via text message Wednesday. "It's selling really well, though." CSNNW.com

Mbah a Moute is the only player in head coach Brett Brown's rotation that has more than three years of NBA experience. "You are trying to teach them to be pros," Mbah a Moute said. "It doesn't happen overnight. For some people, it doesn't happen the first year or the second year. It takes time. I try to show them how to carry yourself, how to go out there and compete, play hard and do your best." CSNPhilly.com

He faces stiff competition from 15 other candidates, including Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid, who leads Ginobili in first place by about 2,000 votes, and two of his own teammates, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. “I’m enabling them to do well, carrying them,” Ginobili joked of his teammates at Tuesday’s shootaround. “I’m the defending champion, so I may have relaxed a little bit.” San Antonio Express-News

December 9, 2014 Updates

That particular skill has translated brilliantly to the NBA level, where McDaniels succeeds the aforementioned Wade and James as one of the most awesome and surprising help-side shot blockers in the league. The jewel of his rejection résumé might just be the play of the season to date: A complete demolition of a Greivis Vasquez runner, rocketed into the stands at such a violent velocity as to cause actual injury. “I surprised myself,” McDaniels said of the block. “There was a lady who got hit by the ball who got a concussion, I believe.” McDaniels, upon hearing what happened, sent flowers. Sports Illustrated

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