Report: Nets might trade Andrei Kirilenko to Jazz

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Andrei Kirilenko left the Nets for the weekend, and Lionel Hollins was unsure whether the forward would return.

If that sounded ominous, it was.

Brooklyn is reportedly talking Kirilenko trade with the 76ers – but don’t assume Kirilenko will wind up in Philadelphia (even if it’s long enough only to get waived).

Marc Stein of ESPN:

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Just $250,000 of Toure’ Murry’s $1 million salary is guaranteed, and Jeremy Evans makes $1,794,871. By dealing Kirilenko’s $3,326,235 salary, Brooklyn would not only save the difference in player salary, it’d also trim its sizable luxury-tax bill.

With a full roster, the Nets would have to trade another player to make the deal work. They can’t simultaneously trade for and waive Murry and/or Evans to get under the limit.

Unless that other player in the deal is appealing or Brooklyn adds a draft pick, I’m not sure why Utah would make this trade, though.

Do the 5-9 Jazz believe they can contend for the playoffs with the boost Kirilenko – who fell out of Brooklyn’s rotation – would provide? Do they trust the veteran leadership of someone who, rightly or wrongly, has seemingly quit on his team?

It’d be cool from a sentimental standpoint to see Kirilenko back in Utah, where he spent his best seasons. But without other details, I don’t see why this trade makes much sense for the Jazz.

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