Kirilenko,Gutierrez miss shootaround; announcement expected
NEW YORK – Andrei Kirilenko and Jorge Gutierrez were not at the 76ers' shootaround Friday, one day after being acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.
"There's stuff going on that's fluid now as we talk," said coach Brett Brown, whose squad faces the Brooklyn Nets Friday night. "This is high probability that pregame there will be announcements. But right now, not much to say and a lot is going on."
Brown was asked if the announcement had anything to do with Kirilenko's future with the team. The Sixers are expected to waive him.
"Maybe," the coach said. "I just feel like with some of the things that are moving around that things are fluid and I expect a subtle, small announcement will be made soon."
What about Gutierrez? Does Brown expect him to be on the team?
"Like I said all that stuff is still sort of fluid and hard to talk about right now," Brown said.
Gutierrez went undrafted out of California in 2012. The Mexican spent 2012-13 and part of the 2013-14 season with the Canton Charge of the D-league. After having consecutive 10-day contracts with the Nets in March, he signed a permanent deal. He averaged 1.7 points in 10 appearances for Brooklyn this season.
Kirilenko, 13-year veteran, returned to practice Dec. 2 after being away from the Nets for personal reasons. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Russian, who fell out of favor with Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins, is averaging just 5.1 minutes per game.
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