The Brooklyn Nets' start to the 2014-15 NBA season has been lacklustre to say the least, the New York franchise having lost 6 of their last seven games to leave them on a 5-8 record heading into the last week of November.
During the latter part of their recent poor run they have been within an experienced head with Russian veteran Andrei Kirilenko having been given time away from the team over the weekend in a move shrouded in mystery.
Now though, it appears that AK-47's days with the Brooklyn franchise may be numbered with ESPN's Marc Stein revealing today that the Nets are very open to trading away the forward sooner rather than later.
Stein offered two names as potential future destinations for the first round pick of 1999, with the atrocious Philadelphia 76ers named alongside one of Kirilenko's former teams.
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A return to the Jazz would certainly excite Utah fans with Andrei Kirilenko having spent over a decade with the franchise between 2001-2011. During that time he achieved his only All-Star honor (2004) as well as making the All-Defensive First Team (2006) and became a firm fan favorite as one of the Jazz's legitimate leaders on the court.
Since leaving the Jazz in 2011 Kirilenko spent just a single season with the Minnesota Timberwolves before being trading once more this time to his current employees the Brooklyn Nets.
Things appear to have turned sour for the Russian in the Big Apple however, and having left the team for personal reasons a return to the Jazz would likely be an attractive proposition for him (above the 76ers anyway).
Would it work?
At the moment there is nothing further on the trade rumor but it is unclear if the Jazz would be quite as willing to do business as Stein makes out.
Utah are a franchise in transition, attempting to build for the future around the likes of young star Dante Exum. Adding a veteran, albeit a former leader, does not suddenly boost them into serious playoff contention and would not ease their salary cap either.
Kirilenko is set to earn $3,326,235 this season.