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76ers suspend F Kirilenko for not reporting

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The Philadelphia 76ers suspended forward Andrei Kirilenko for not reporting to the team after his trade from the Brooklyn Nets last month.

Sixers coach Brett Brown confirmed the suspension before Friday night’s game in Brooklyn.

Kirilenko hasn’t joined the 76ers since the Dec. 11 trade that sent forward Brandon Davies to the Nets for Kirilenko, a second-round pick in the 2020 draft, guard Jorge Gutierrez and cash.

Kirilenko, 33, hasn’t played since Nov. 13 and only has played in seven games this season, averaging 0.4 points and 1.1 rebounds.

Asked if a resolution is expected, Brown said, “I’m not sure. … I understand it all, but I’m going to miss the opportunity to coach him.”

According to reports, Kirilenko has cited family matters for his absence.

Kirilenko, playing his 13th NBA season, is in the final year of a $3.3 million contract. A first-round pick by Utah in 1999, he is averaging 12 points, six rebounds and three assists per game for his career with the Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Nets.

The NBA reportedly was made aware of the suspension in the past several days.

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