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November 22, 2014 Updates

In an interview with a Russian sports publication Tuesday, Andrei Kirilenko said "optimism is over" for him and that Lionel Hollins had told him after first few games of the season, "Andrei, I do not see your role on the team." Kirilenko says he was surprised and contends he can "probably help the team.". In previous interviews with Pavel Osipov of Sport-Express, Kirilenko had expressed optimism about his role in the team's plans and had praised Hollins, making favorable comparisons between him and Jason Kidd. Now that's changed. NetsDaily

November 21, 2014 Updates

Andrei Kirilenko will be without the Nets for the team’s two-game road trip, and most likely forever. Though the team cited “personal reasons” for Kirilenko’s absence, a team source confirmed to The Brooklyn Game that Kirilenko’s lack of minutes and boot from the rotation played a factor in him leaving the team indefinitely. The Brooklyn Game

When asked if Kirilenko had played his last game for the Nets, a high-ranking Nets source said, “If I were a betting man, I’d say probably.” After coach Lionel Hollins told the team’s beat reporters that he wasn’t sure if Kirilenko would return to the team after the trip, it appears the 6’9″ forward is on his way out of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Game

Cleveland's $5.3 million trade exception is the logical solution, but Brendan Haywood's unusual contract could be thrown into the mix. And make no mistake, it eventually will. Haywood is being paid a salary of $2.2 million this season, but next year he has a non-guaranteed income of $10.5 million. It becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived by the Aug. 1 deadline of 2015. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The chances of a team making that type of commitment at this stage of his career are slim to none. What's attractive about Haywood's deal is next summer his $10.5 million income would apply towards the league's salary-matching requirements, which would allow the Cavaliers, or whichever team has him at that time, to trade Haywood for an impact player making up to approximately $14 million annually. The team that receives Haywood could release the big man and gain significant cap space equivalent to the $10.5 million figure. There's the value. Cleveland Plain Dealer

He's well aware that he could be moved at any time and he said it's something he won't let bother him. "I don't worry about it because at the end of the day, I can't do anything about it," Haywood told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "If somebody views my contract as an asset or the team feels they can get something in that can help them or shed salary, they're going to do what they're going to do because that's what they have to do." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Aldridge said he doesn't think about the Bulls trading him on draft day as much as he did early in his career. "I think early in my career I might have used it for motivation," he said. "But now I'm too old to be still holding that grudge." He added that draft day motivation stayed with him until about "three or four years" ago. "For a while that was my favorite team to play against," he said "Just to show them that they missed out. Just to show them that I'm better than they thought I was going to be. Now I'm over that. I have other goals to worry about." Oregonian

November 20, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Judging by quote @ Jon Krawczynski just reported from Wolves practice, sounds like 'Sota might be backtracking on plan to trade Corey Brewer Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Marc Stein: Rockets have made it clear they're ready to move NOW. Cavs said to be weighing whether to prioritize pursuing rim protector or wing depth Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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