Brandon Davies

Sixers coach Brett Brown not happy to lose Brandon Davies in trade with Nets


The trade between the Nets and the Sixers involving Andrei Kirilenko became official on Thursday, but since Kirilenko is expected to be waived by Philadelphia, the deal only exchanged Brandon Davies for Jorge Gutierrez, cash considerations, and low level future draft picks.

And Sixers coach Brett Brown is less than thrilled with how it all shook out.

While Philadelphia is tanking from a front office perspective this season, Brown liked what he was getting from Davies in practice on a day-to-day basis. He was sorry to see him go, and lamented the human side of these deals when speaking to reporters after the dust had settled.

From Dei Lynam of

“When you start losing people that you are very fond of and have tremendous respect for … there is a human side of it that bothers me because you are trying to grow chemistry, you are trying to grow a culture,” Brown said after Thursday’s practice.

“That takes a hit when teammates lose teammates. There is a respect, effort-wise, of how they go about their business. There is a reality to our job that is just business in the NBA, but it doesn’t mean it has to feel right.” …

“It is a tremendous challenge to keep the locker room together if they lose a teammate or friend. It is a tremendous challenge to have a semblance of order or purpose on offense or with rules on defense. It is just such a volatile situation at times.”

Davies isn’t exactly a household name, but he appeared in 20 of his team’s 21 games this season, and averaged 19 minutes per contest.

Brown’s challenge this season, more than anything, is to keep locker room spirits high amidst all of the losing. If Davies is as valued there as Brown makes it seem, his job just got that much harder, at least in the immediate future.

Nets sign free agent guard Darius Morris


The Brooklyn Nets made a money-saving trade on Thursday, shipping Andrei Kirilenko and Jorge Gutierrez to the Sixers for Brandon Davies and cash savings.

Now, the team has announced that they’ve signed three-year veteran Darius Morris.

Morris has played three seasons in the NBA—his first two with the Lakers and last season split between three teams: the Clippers, Sixers and Grizzlies. He has career averages of 3.7 points and 1.5 assists per game. He’s not really an impact player, but he’s probably the best they’d be able to do on the waiver wire looking for some backcourt help.

Andrei Kirilenko trade now official


The Nets agreed to trade Andre Andrei Kirilenko to the 76ers yesterday.

Now, the deal is official, and we know all the particulars.

76ers release:

The Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have completed a trade with the Brooklyn Nets in which the Sixers acquire veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko, the Nets second round pick in 2020, guard Jorge Gutierrez and cash considerations in exchange for forward Brandon Davies.  Additionally, the Sixers also receive the right to swap Cleveland’s second round pick in 2018 (which Philadelphia acquired during the offseason) with Brooklyn’s own second round pick that year.

In a related move, the Sixers waived Malcom Lee.

This trade will save the Nets $11,550,401 (Kirilenko’s $3,326,235 salary plus $8,224,166 in luxury-tax payments). If the Nets immediately waive Davies, whose salary is fully unguaranteed, they’d save an additional $3,756,413 ($3,165,664 in tax payments plus Davies’ remaining salary for the season of $590,749).

For the 76ers, the right to swap Cleveland’s pick rather than their own could be helpful. The 2018 draft is long way out, but considering the Cavaliers have essentially locked up LeBron James for the rest of his career – the way he framed his return, he can’t leave – they’re likely to remain good in four years. The Nets, on the other hand, are facing much more uncertainty.

Also, poor Malcolm Lee. Couldn’t even get his name spelled right in the official release sending him out the door.

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.

Tony Wroten: Eric Bledsoe ‘crazy’ for thinking Kentucky would beat 76ers


Kentucky coach John Calipari doesn’t believe his team has any shot against an NBA team – even the 76ers, who technically qualify. That’s the prevailing wisdom from anyone who has spent thoughtfully considered a college team’s chances against the pros.

But Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, a former Wildcat, is certain Kentucky would beat Philadelphia.

The 76ers – or at least one 76er – is sticking up for himself.

John Gonzalez of CSN Philly:

Hollis Thompson and Brandon Davies decided not to comment, instead designating Tony Wroten as their spokesman on the issue. Before an entire question could be asked about what Bledsoe said, Wroten responded.

“Nah, they can’t beat us,” Wroten replied. “He’s crazy.”

So you obviously heard what he said. Was it insulting?

“Yeah, it’s insulting,” Wroten said. “He might be serious, but I know Bledsoe. I’m not going to take it personally.”

I’m generally in the camp that believes no college team can beat an NBA team. But this Kentucky team (which hammered Kansas, 72-40) is pretty good, and these 76ers (0-11) are pretty bad. That Philadelphia is more interested in tanking for a high pick than filling its roster with NBA-caliber players certainly changes the debate.

The common argument is that a college team has only a few NBA players, but an NBA team is full of them. That’s not necessarily the case here, because multiple 76ers wouldn’t make any other NBA team. It also helps that Kentucky is loaded with draft prospects.

That said, I’d still pick Philadelphia over Kentucky. I just don’t think Bledsoe is crazy for suggesting the game would go the other way.