Andrei Kirilenko Released by 76ers: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

February 21st, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

The Philadelphia 76ers waived veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko on Saturday, per the team's official Twitter account:

Kirilenko has played in just seven games for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2014-15 NBA season, averaging just 5.1 minutes per contest in those appearances.

When he was traded to Philadelphia back in December, the 34-year-old didn't even report to the team, which led the Sixers to suspend him.'s John Gonzalez described the circumstances surrounding Kirilenko's release:

ESPN's Marc Stein suggests Kirilenko will be able to find work in the NBA if he wants to:

However, Stein also reported that Kirilenko is eyeing a return to playing in Europe.

It's hard to blame Kirilenko for not wanting to show up for a team that is in the midst of a lengthy rebuilding project. Now that he has the freedom to explore all his options, perhaps Kirilenko can serve in some capacity for a contender looking to add versatility to its rotation.

But based on his essentially nonexistent time in Philly and his diminished role in Brooklyn, Kirilenko ...

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