RUMOR: Bucks willing to trade Ersan Ilyasova for ‘anything’ just to free up cap space
Ersan Ilyasova will likely be one of possibly multiple casualties for the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason.
According to Gery Woelfel of Woelfels Pressbox, the Bucks are looking to move the 6-foot-10 power forward in order to clear up cap space, which they’ll need to re-sign impending free agents Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton.
Milwaukee is trying to dump Ilyasova and his two-year, $14 million salary. Per Woelfel, an NBA executive said the Bucks are willing to trade the Turkish for “anything.”
Because of their inept handling of the salary cap, Bucks are trying to free up space. Sources said they have been frantically trying to trade Ersan Ilyasova and the $14 million (two years) left on his contract. Asked what Bucks wanted for Ilyasova, an NBA exec said, '"Anything.''
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) June 28, 2019
Ilyasova is due to make $7 million next season, which is undoubtedly too much for Milwaukee given that they will need plenty of cap space to bring back key contributors in the former Rookie of the Year Brogdon and first-time All-Star Middleton.
This hasn’t been Ilyasova’s first stint in Brew City, though. Ersan was drafted by the Bucks in 2005 as the sixth pick in the second round, 36th overall, and played with them for seven seasons.
Ilyasova would later play for a multitude of NBA franchises including the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers (twice), and Atlanta Hawks (twice). The 32-year-old then signed with the Bucks as a free agent last summer.
Milwaukee may be regretting handing out that three-year, $21 million contract, however, considering their need to dispose of Ilyasova.
This past season, Ilyasova averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game in 67 appearances and seven starts. He shot 43.8 percent from the floor, 36.3 percent from 3-point range, and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. Ersan is a career 36.5 percent shooter from long range, adding the valuable deep threat skill to his résumé for potential trade suitors to acquire him.