Sixers Acquire Players, Draft Considerations For Davies
On Thursday, the Sixers completed a trade with the Nets that sent Brandon Davies to Brooklyn in exchange for Andrei Kirilenko, Jorge Gutierrez, Brooklyn’s 2020 second-round pick, the option to swap Cleveland’s 2018 second-round pick with Brooklyn’s, and cash considerations.
The deal reportedly saves the Nets nearly $11 in salary and luxury tax payments while creating two trade exceptions for the team ($3.4m and $916k) and gives the Sixers a handful of future assets along with the veteran Kirilenko and second-year point guard Gutierrez.
Kirilenko is a 13-year veteran out of Russia who has posted career averages of 11.8 points (47.4 FG%), 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game. This season, he has appeared in just seven games for a total of 33 minutes and hasn’t played since November 13, as he has been away from the team due to personal reasons.
Gutierrez is a 25-year-old point guard out of Mexico who has appeared in 10 games for the Nets this season. In 44 minutes, he’s logged 16 points (7/14 FG), seven assists, and seven rebounds. The 6’3” UC Berkeley alum was originally signed by Brooklyn in March of this year after spending two seasons with the Canton Charge from 2012-14. Through 35 games in the D-League last season, he averaged 13.9 points (46.1 FG%, 37.5 3P%), 6.9 assists, and 5.7 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game, earning All-Defensive Team and Second Team All-NBDL honors.
In 71 games with Philadelphia, Brandon Davies averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game. After practice in Atlanta on Thursday, head coach Brett Brown and center Henry Sims talked about the departure of the 23-year-old forward.
The Sixers take on the Nets on Friday night in Brooklyn.