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Emiliano Carchia: BREAKING NEWS: Anadolu Efes Istanbul will sign Oliver Lafayette from Asseco Prokom Gdynia, source reports to Sportando Twitter
But Anadolu Efes general manager Engin Ozerhun told a national Turkish publication that he wanted to keep Ilyasova on the team if possible. "We were not warm to the idea of signing NBA players during the lockout, but we had to bring in Ersan after Kerem Gonlum's long-term injury," Ozerhun said. "We will wait for the result of the talks. Of course we would love to keep Ersan in our team. "He will be a huge loss if he leaves. We do not have an available slot for a foreign player and there is no Turkish player (capable of) replacing Ersan." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Leading off the story is Ilyasova’s line “I want to stay [with] Anadolu Efes. I hope FIBA has a rule that allows me to play the entire season in Turkey.” Perhaps not such a big deal, Tu points out, except that “the Turkish power forward still has a one-year contract with the Bucks at a salary of $2.5 million (€1.9 million).” Said Ilyasova, “We will fight in the Turkish league and the Euroleague. Our goal for the season is to reach the Euroleague Final Four played in Istanbul. We know we are in a difficult group, but we have to go step by step.” Tu Basket also noted that another reason for Ilyasova’s desire to continue his sojourn back home is a “lack of social life he has in the U.S.” Ball In Europe
Indeed, Ilyasova somehow breaking his contract would set precedent for other NBAers starting the 2011-12 season in Europe, including, as Tu points out, Rudy Fernandez, who signed a lucrative four-year, €12 million deal with Real Madrid. Real Madrid technical director Alberto Herreros stated that he “would do anything possible, including negotiating with the [Dallas Mavericks] to keep [Fernandez] around for as long as possible.” Ball In Europe
"I want to stay with Anadolu Efes for the whole year. I hope there is a FIBA rule which would allow me to play the season in Turkey and Efes to keep me. We will fight for TBL and Euroleague. Our goal for the season is to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul. We know we are in a very tough group in Euroleague but we have to go step-by-step" said Ilyasova, as reported by Salsabasket. Sportando
The Turkish club Anadolu Efes is pursuing Hedo Turkoglu, sources close to the situation confirm. Anadolu Efes already signed Ersan İlyasova and Sasha Vujacic this summer, and has also expressed significant interest in Keyon Dooling, Maurice Evans and Patty Mills. HoopsWorld
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