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The Philadelphia 76ers have suspended forward Andrei Kirilenko after he failed to report to the team after his trade from the Brooklyn Nets last month.
Coach Brett Brown confirmed the decision during a shootaround before Friday night’s game in Brooklyn, a game which the Sixers went on to win.
However, while he admitted that he had been looking forward to coaching Kirilenko, he has been left disappointed by the Russian’s decision to not join up with his new teammates.
It is not clear why Kirilenko hasn’t joined the Sixers since the December 11 trade deal which sent forward Brandon Davies to the Nets for Kirilenko, a second-round pick in the 2020 Draft, guard Jorge Gutierrez and cash.
Kirilenko hasn’t played since November 13 and he has played sparingly in seven games this season. While he cited family matters as part of the reason for his absence, Brown said he met with him after the trade and thought Kirilenko would be part of the team.
However, he has been left frustrated and disappointed by his no-show and it remains to be seen whether or not Kirilenko decides to eventually join up with the team or continues to stay away.
The 76ers have struggled this season as they continue to go through a rebuilding process, and they currently sit just one place above bottom spot in the Eastern Conference with a 6-29 record.