Report: Nets trading Andrei Kirilenko, picks, cash and, likely, a mystery player to 76ers for Brandon Davies


Update: The Nets will likely include Jorge Gutierrez in the trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.


With Andrei Kirilenko seemingly done with the Nets, Brooklyn and the 76ers discussed a trade.

That didn’t pan out, but both sides tried again.

Apparently, the extra effort paid off.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Ignoring the additional mystery player, the Nets would save $11,550,401 if they waive Brandon Davies (Kirilenko’s $3,326,235 salary plus $8,224,166 in luxury tax payments). Davies’ contract is fully unguaranteed, though he could provide useful big-man depth. Obviously, if Brooklyn includes another player, that would also reduce its payroll.

This deal probably won’t affect the Nets’ major plans, considering Kirilenko is in the final year of his contract and had fallen out of the rotation. If anything, though, this would only increase their desire to rebuild by trading Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and/or Brook Lopez.

The tanking 76ers will probably waive or re-package the 33-year-old Kirilenko, who wants to remain in New York through February to be with his pregnant wife. If he becomes a free agent, he’ll surely have multiple contenders offering him a minimum contract.

Executives say Sixers have brighter future than Knicks


It’s rough for the Knicks right now. They have lost nine in a row and 18 of 20. Players are infighting — Carmelo Anthony reportedly threatened to punch Tim Hardaway Jr. — and apparently none of them like the triangle offense. Derek Fisher is fumbling around as first year coaches often do. Phil Jackson said the players are resisting the culture change needed in the organization. On top of all that it appears ‘Melo’s knee could need surgery.

What could be worse?

How about hearing most executives around the league would rather be in the Sixers’ shoes long term than the Knicks?

That’s what a couple front office people told Adam Zagoria of The Knicks Blog.

“If [Joel] Embiid is [Hakeem] Olajuwon instead of [Greg] Oden, the answer is Philly,” one NBA executive told 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.”

A former NBA GM chimed in with similar thoughts on who has a brighter future.

“The Sixers, long term,” he said. “They have young talent and multiple draft picks.”

The Sixers have been naked and unabashed in their “going bad to get good” plan, to the chagrin of other owners. The thing is, it might work. We’ll have to see how the players they have and will draft pan out — how good is Joel Embiid going to be? Nerlens Noel? Michael Carter-Williams? And on down the line, like can they keep K.J. McDaniels as a role player?

The Knicks have Anthony, Hardaway and… free agents they hope to land. They, like the Lakers, are taking the Adam Dunn/Jim Thome/Reggie Jackson approach at the plate and swinging for the fences with every free agent out there this summer — Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo and on down the line. New York has the lure of the Knicks brand, of Madison Square Garden, of the city of New York, and of Phil Jackson running the show.

It’s almost certainly going to be another strikeout this summer. Love isn’t stupid, he’s staying put with LeBron. Gasol would be a perfect triangle big man but he’s in a good spot with a team and city he likes in Memphis and isn’t expected to move on. Same with Aldridge in Portland. As for Rondo, go look at the history of point guards who can’t shoot in the triangle offense and tell me why he’d want to go there. The Knicks challenge is players are forcing their way to be with other players — Love is the prime example — and right now the Knicks don’t really have a good way to get those first young players to start the trend.

The Sixers… they may already have those guys. Come 2018 we may all think Sam Hinkie is brilliant.

And who knows what Knicks fans will think of Phil Jackson then.

Sixers’ K.J. McDaniels blocked a ball into crowd so hard he gave fan a concussion


There are few reasons to subject yourself to a Philadelphia 76ers game this season. It’s ugly basketball. They play fast but in the way a four-year-old runs fast — out of control and doomed to fall hard. There is talent to develop, but sorting the wheat from the chaff is not a simple job for Brett Brown. He has to find the pieces the Sixers could use going forward.

K.J. McDaniels is one of them.

Coming into the league there were questions about his offense, but he has proven to be a much better shooter than expected. What people thought when he was drafted at No. 32 is he could be an energy guy, one who can defend and maybe block a few shots.

Oh, he can block shots. He may be just 6’6” but he has quickly established himself as a threatening shot blocker in the paint. To the point he gave a lady at a game a concussion, McDaniels told our old friend Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated.

“I used to watch a lot of [Dwyane] Wade and LeBron [James] when they came into the league,” McDaniels said. “I used to watch Michael Jordan a lot, too – the way they were versatile in how they defend multiple positions and use their athleticism to block shots. I just figured since I’m athletic and I can jump and have good instincts, I can go up there and get shots as well.”

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.

Here’s the play in question, but we don’t see the lady getting hit.

This is from the “I don’t care if the story is actually true” file, I want it to be. I want it to be part of the McDaniels’ legend. So I will believe it like some people are convinced Bigfoot walks the Pacific Northwest. Or they believe in the chupacabra.

The Sixers have found something in McDaniels. Now they just have to keep him (he will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and he will have suitors).

Sixers’ Hollis Thompson hits three to send it to overtime, where Philly beats Detroit (VIDEO)


Philadelphia may not be the worst team in the NBA.

The Sixers have won two of their last three and Saturday night beat what had been everyone’s second worst team, the Detroit Pistons in what was an ugly game, but the score still counts. The Sixers had that OT chance because Hollis Thompson who hit the corner three that tied the game and sent it to overtime (well, Brandon Jennings had the chance to save it for the Pistons but after dribbling the clock down he put up an airball). In OT the Sixers beat the Pistons 108-101.

The Sixers superior athleticism won the day, led by Michael Carter-Williams with 20 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds on the night.

Scouts, execs say Jason Kidd is ‘hurting’ Jabari Parker by limiting his minutes


This year’s rookie class is off to its worst start statistically in 10 years, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t first-year players who are making an impact.

Jabari Parker was seen by many as perhaps the most NBA-ready player coming out of the draft, and a month or so into the season, he’s done nothing to disprove those assertions.

But he could be shining even more, if he were receiving a bigger share of the on-court minutes.

There are some scouts and executives around the league who believe that Bucks head coach Jason Kidd is slowing Parker’s development by not fully turning him loose.

From Michael Scotto of

“We are deep and I’m trying to keep – not on purpose, but in a sense – minutes down because it’s a long season,” Kidd said. “For Jabari, he’s never seen 82 games.” …

“Kidd’s hurting Jabari by not giving him enough playing time,” an Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “He’s 19 years old. He should be playing at least 35 minutes a game. Instead, he’s playing 29. That sounds like not a big deal, but seven or eight minutes per game adds up. It’s a lot of experience.”

“In this day and age you play him,” an Eastern Conference executive told SheridanHoops. “The whole resting him because he’s so young, let him get that ‘I want to play every night and not want to come out’ mentality.”

“The best way you learn is on the court,” another Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops.

For what it’s worth, Kidd’s minutes distribution for his top rookie isn’t at all outrageous when compared to others around the league. Parker is averaging 29.6 minutes per contest, which is third among all rookies behind only Nerlens Noel of the Sixers (30.4) and Bojan Bogdanovic of the Nets (30.7).

Playing a rookie more minutes as a way to develop him is an organizational decision. If Milwaukee felt that’s what was right, then the order would come down from the front office to make sure it happened. Parker’s minutes are among the most in the league among rookie players, and as long as it stays that way, Kidd and the Bucks are likely to be satisfied with the results.