Only one real trade in the works for Brooklyn: Once more, Nets-76ers trying to complete an Andrei Kirilenko deal, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 9, 2014
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that The Nets are again working to finalize a deal that would ship Andrei Kirilenko to the 76ers. The trade rumors follow Marc Stein’s earlier report that The Nets have placed the the team’s core of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson on the trading block.
The Nets will likely yield a second round pick in the cost-cutting maneuver: one that could save The Nets a combined $12 million in salary and luxury tax. The 76ers can easily absorb Kirilenko’s salary as Philadelphia’s salary obligations fall below the league’s mandated salary floor. This helps diminish cost of added salary like Kirilenko’s, since it’s a cost the 76ers must pay anyway.
The Nets compensation remains unknown but its assumed a non-guaranteed deal comes back to Brooklyn to be waived at no cost to the taxed-out Nets.
The trade market for Kirilenko remains clouded by the off-the-court family issues. Wojnarowski added that suitors interested in Kirilenko’s service may wait until early 2015 for Kirilenko to join the team on road trips as he attends to family matters.
In a tweet to an inquiring fan, Wojnarowski also swatted rumors of Utah’s interest in its former player, Kirilenko.