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Sixers still in discussions with Nets for Kirilenko

ATLANTA – The 76ers are still in trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets for Andrei Kirilenko, according to a team source.

The Sixers are expected to waive the forward if the deal is completed. They would take on his expiring $3.1 million contact and receive a second-round pick for making the deal. The Sixers wouldn't have to give back anything substantial due to being around $24 million under the $63 million salary cap.

The deal would spare the Nets $12 million in luxury taxes.

Kirilenko, a 13th-year veteran, returned to practice Dec. 2 after being away from the team for personal reasons.   He had not played in game since the Nets' loss at the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 13. He took a leave of absence on Nov. 21.

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Russian has struggled to find a role under new coach Lionel Hollins. Kirilenko is averaging just 5.1 minutes.

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