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Nets say no deal in works to trade Andrei Kirilenko

Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets are not playing him. There are potential contending teams such as the Clippers and Cavaliers that need help at the three spot.

So it makes some sense that Andrei Kirilenko’s name is coming up in trade rumors. Nets coach Lionel Hollins seems to have little use for Kirilenko, despite the fact the Nets aren’t exactly a good team. Why shouldn’t the Nets see what they can get for him? They can always move him to the Sixers in a salary dump, but the Nets want to see if they can get more.

The problem is Kirilenko is dealing with a family issue and that is limiting his travel with the team, which also also limits his trade value. So right now nothing is happening Nets GM Billy King told Andy Vasquez of the Bergen Record.

“He hasn’t been playing,” Nets general manager Billy King said. “And we had talked about possibly … moving him. Nothing is happening.”

Kirilenko has said his family issue (which he has chosen not to disclose, as is his right) will continue to be an issue through February.

Which is also when the trade deadline comes up. The Nets are going to have a hard time moving him if he’s not on the court and can’t travel, certainly the kind of contending teams mentioned above are not going to go there.

All of which is to say, don’t expect much action on this until after the first of the year. Just rumors.