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Sixers waive Andrei Kirilenko, who never played a game for them following trade from Nets


The Nets traded Andrei Kirilenko to the Sixers in early December, and Philadelphia had hoped that Kirilenko might play for them this season, at least enough to draw interest from other franchises before the trade deadline had passed.

But that never happened.

Whether due to Kirilenko’s family issues or simply due to his not wanting to suit up for the woeful Sixers, he never played a game for Philadelphia, and the team ended up waiving him once the trade deadline passed.

The official release:

“The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that the team has waived forward Andrei Kirilenko”

That’s all 13 words of it, which tells you all you need to know about Kirilenko’s time in Philly, and his interactions with the Sixers front office.

Plenty of other teams would be interested in adding Kirilenko for the stretch run to the playoffs, but at this point he doesn’t seem intent on playing for anyone for the remainder of this season.

Report: Amar’e Stoudemire’s representatives pushing for buyout from Knicks

Andrea Bargnani, Amar'e Stoudemire, Jose Calderon

Amar’e Stoudemire said he’d take the All-Star break to decide whether or not he wants a buyout from the Knicks.

Apparently, he has made up his mind.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report:

Stoudemire’s representatives are pushing for a buyout, and the Knicks seem inclined to grant it, according to sources.

The following players, per league sources, are also considered likely buyout candidates if they are not traded by the deadline: Andrea Bargnani (New York); Brandon Bass, Tayshaun Prince and Marcus Thornton (Boston); Andrei Kirilenko (Philadelphia); Willie Green (Orlando); Randy Foye and Darrell Arthur (Denver).

This will come down to how much money Stoudemire wants to give up. Stoudemire, whose salary this season is $23,410,988, is owed $8,538,125 the rest of the season.

How badly does he want to join the Suns, Mavericks, Warriors or another team outside New York?

Stoudemire is clearly not in the Knicks’ plans beyond this season, so if they can save some money and open a roster spot, why not?

At this point, it’s just about negotiating the exact buyout – same as with those players if they’re not traded. With several decent players likely to become free agents after the trade deadline, it’ll be hard for teams to get much in trades for back-end rotation players.

Bucks sign Jorge Gutierrez to 10-day contract

Jason Kidd

The Bucks waived Nate Wolters to sign Kenyon Martin (who’s sticking around for the rest of the season), but that move backfired – even more so than initially – when Kendall Marshall suffered a season-ending injury.

Suddenly short-handed at point guard, Milwaukee is turning to the D-League.

Bucks release:

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Gutierrez played for Jason Kidd with the Nets last season. The 26-year-old was dealt in the Andrei Kirilenko trade to the 76ers, who waived him, and then signed in the D-League.

Because Larry Sanders has been suspended for at least six games and already served five (of his 10), the Bucks can place him on their suspended list. This allows them to add a 16th player without waiving anyone.

Milwaukee has a deep and talented roster, so Gutierrez will have a tough time sticking if Sanders meets the terms of his suspension and is reinstated this season. But Gutierrez’s familiarity with Kidd gives him at least a slim chance of impressing on the fly and remaining on the roster.

Report: Celtics express willingness to take salary dumps

Danny Ainge

When a team no longer wants to pay a player, Sam Hinkie is on speed dial.

The Philadelphia 76ers have made trades for Jared Cunningham, Andrei Kirilenko, Ronny Turiaf, Travis Outlaw, Marquis Teague, Keith Bogans Hasheem Thabeet – not a single one of whom has played for the 76ers this season.

Philadelphia takes and waives (or attempts to flip) these players so their previous teams don’t have to. The previous team gets cap relief and/or a trade exception, and the 76ers get a draft pick for their trouble.

But the Celtics want to make clear Philadelphia doesn’t have this market cornered.

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

Boston has been calling around the league over the last week, reminding GMs that Philly isn’t the only team with salary space to rent out as we approach the February 19 trade deadline.

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Thanks to the Celtics own flurry of trades, they have several trade exceptions to absorb players:

  • $12,909,090 (Rajon Rondo)
  • $5,000,000 (Brandan Wright)
  • $2,439,840 (Austin Rivers)
  • $1,334,092 (Kris Humphries)
  • $625,280 (Jameer Nelson)
  • $507,336 (Dwight Powell)

Those exceptions can’t be combined, so they’re not quite as flexible as Philadelphia’s cap space. But there are enough of them in varied sizes that it probably won’t matter.

The 76ers have one big advantage over Boston: They’re probably still below the salary floor. Any shortfall is charged to the team and divided among its players, so Philadelphia has to spend that money anyway. Might as well spend it in a way that convinces another team to surrender a drat pick, no matter how low.

For the Celtics, the added salary would be a real cost. So, they’ll likely be more particular about accepting dead weight – especially as they near the luxury-tax line, which they’re about $12 million shy of.

But this could be a good way for Danny Ainge to add to his treasure trove of drat picks. The Celtics aren’t trying to win this season anyway, so accepting an overpaid player with a pick attached carries only as much downside as the length of the player’s contract and the real costs associated with it.

This competition between the 76ers and Celtics is good for the rest of the league. It should drive down the cost of dumping bad contracts.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia and Boston will continue to stock up for the future.

NBA veteran on playing for Sixers: ‘No one wants to go there’

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The Sixers have been open and honest from the jump in terms of their plan to rebuild the roster, which essentially has been this: Jettison all veterans, bottom out to increase the chances of obtaining higher draft picks, and pray that one or more of them end up being superstar talents that will benefit the franchise for years to come.

While that’s sensible from a front office perspective, it’s a less-than-desirable situation to be in for the league’s more tenured players.

It’s no secret that guys don’t want to willingly sign up for lots of losing, but at least one player verbalized that perception, while specifically speaking about the Sixers.

From Keith Pompey of Philly.com:

“No one wants to go there,” said an Eastern Conference player who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Not right now.”

Established players cringe at the thought of being traded to the 7-29 squad. Marquee free agents won’t even consider the franchise.

That’s not surprising to the Sixers, especially coach Brett Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie. They realize that the franchise, in its current tanking state, is far from a sought-after destination spot.

Danny Granger and Andrei Kirilenko are two veterans who refused to suit up for the Sixers.

Things will change over time, of course, if Philadelphia’s vision for the future is one day realized. But as we’re seeing more and more, the best players tend to re-up with their current squads in free agency — not only because of the extra year of financial security available on a max deal, but also because it makes little sense to leave a winning situation.