Ersan Ilyasova Rumors

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Ersan Ilyasova
Ersan Ilyasova
Position: F
Born: 05/15/87
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $7,900,000
Coach Ataman said the decision was not political. “I wanted to have a close relationship with Enes since I took over the job last year, but could not get any response,” he said after announcing the squad, which includes NBA players Ersan Ilyasova, Ömer Asik and Furkan Aldemir. “He still has not apologized to his teammates for past incidents, but he may be a part of the squad in the future,” Ataman added.
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Ilyasova, too. After spending the first seven years of his NBA career in Milwaukee, the 28-year-old admitted initial shock at news that he was headed elsewhere. But it didn’t take long – a conversation with Van Gundy, another with fellow Turk Hedo Turkoglu, text messages with his new teammates – before the possibilities with the Pistons invigorated him. “I mentioned to Coach, (Turkoglu) called me and we talked about how he said the way we played in Orlando (under Van Gundy), the way you play and the way he liked to play with Coach and he shared a little bit,” Ilyasova said. “The great year he had when he reached the Finals, he said you probably would fit in for sure and I’m really glad I talked to him about it.”
While the 28-year-old Ilyasova is thrilled to join the Pistons, he acknowledged there were some drawbacks to the trade. His plans to play for Turkey’s national team this summer are now up in the air and he’s leaving behind some close friends. “I was going to play for the national team, but with all these changes, moving to a new city, playing for a new team, I’m not so sure now,’’ said Ilyasova, who intends to fly to Detroit Sunday night to meet with Van Gundy and be a part of a press conference tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. “It’s a whole different story now. I got to measure all those things. “And I’ll miss Milwaukee, for sure. I spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of friends here. And they (the Bucks) have a good thing going. Hopefully, it’ll work out for them. I wish them the best of luck.’’
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Ilyasova said he spoke with Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy, who made it abundantly clear the veteran forward would play an integral role for the Pistons next season. “I spoke with coach Van Gundy for about 20 minutes and he shared his plans for me and the team next season,’’ Ilyasova said. “Coach Van Gundy said he was following me since he was coaching in Orlando several years ago and he really liked the way I played and how I fit into the system. It’s exciting, for sure. I think it’ll work out good for me and it will be the right fit for me. It’s going to be a fresh start.’’
“I was going to play for the national team, but with all these changes, moving to a new city, playing for a new team, I’m not so sure now,’’ said Ilyasova, who intends to fly to Detroit Sunday night to meet with Van Gundy and be a part of a press conference tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. “It’s a whole different story now. I got to measure all those things. And I’ll miss Milwaukee, for sure. I spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of friends here. And they (the Bucks) have a good thing going. Hopefully, it’ll work out for them. I wish them the best of luck.’’
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The Pistons’ acquisition of Ersan Ilyasova from the Bucks signals strongly that Detroit anticipates losing restricted free agent Greg Monroe this summer. Ilyasova is a better complement to Andre Drummond, and Monroe will command a max offer sheet starting at about $15 million. The Knicks are one of the teams known to have Monroe on their radar.
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Ersan Ilyasova was traded from Milwaukee to Detroit for Caron Butler and Shawne Williams. Ilyasova gives Detroit insurance at power forward in case Greg Monroe leaves in free agency. Monroe has been linked to the Knicks as one of their top free-agent targets. That Detroit traded for Ilyasova leads you to believe they aren’t very confident about retaining Monroe.
“Ersan Ilyasova is a player we have coveted since we got to Detroit,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. “Not only is he a proficient three-point shooter that can stretch the floor, he is a high-energy, hard-playing guy who fits extremely well with how we want to play. We are excited about what he can add to our team.”
The Bucks have dangled names like Ersan Ilyasova, O.J. Mayo and even big man John Henson in offers to other teams, so its clear the Bucks want to make a deal and with Sanders’ $11 million per year salary likely being stretched down to just over $2.1 million per year, the Bucks have some unexpected breathing room to take on a player that could command real money in July.
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Major likely buck to be traded is? Chad Ford: Actually hearing from teams that there’s a lot of interest in Ilyasova. A veteran stretch four. Could be valuable to a playoff team. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucks didn’t do anything. They have great chemistry right now, are set up to win 45 games this season. For their young players, this experience of getting playing time and winning is huge.
Ersan Ilyasova is ready to return to the Milwaukee Bucks lineup Thursday when the team plays the New York Knicks in the NBA Global Games in London. Suddenly, the Bucks power forward position will look a lot different with Ilyasova playing as a “stretch 4″ again and recently signed Kenyon Martin pitching in on the front line. Ilyasova has missed 19 of the last 20 games after suffering a broken nose Dec. 2 in Cleveland and a concussion when he returned Dec. 23 against Charlotte.
After having missed nine games earlier this month due to a nasal fracture that required surgery, the Milwaukee Bucks forward is out again after suffering a concussion in his first game back. Ilyasova suffered the injury after colliding with teammate Zaza Pachulia in the Bucks’ home loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Dec. 23 and didn’t make the trip with Milwaukee in its victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. “This had nothing to do with the broken nose,” said coach Jason Kidd of Ilyasova, who scored four points in 16 minutes in that Hornets game. “He’s feeling a little bit better. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. “Hopefully he can do a little something, but we’re still thinking he’s going to be out for a couple more days.”
Ilyasova has worn a mask several times before while with the Bucks and while playing international basketball with Turkey. The last time he wore a mask in NBA competition was during the 2012-’13 season. “I have to wear it for a couple months and we’ll see how it goes,” Ilyasova said. “You’re going to be afraid to get hit again. Even now, if somebody pushed me, I kind of shy away a little bit. “But hopefully it’s going to work out for me.”
Ilyasova will not go with the Bucks on their four-game western trip next week but is encouraged that he can return fairly soon, after being fitted for a mask he will wear to protect his nose. “I’ve broken my nose several times in the past eight years, and so far this is one of the worst ones,” Ilyasova said. “I had a couple fractures, some of the new and old ones. “I had to get surgery and just put it in place. It was hard to breathe. Now I feel much better.” Ilyasova was cleared for conditioning drills and said he has passed a concussion test.