HoopsHype Ersan Ilyasova rumors

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Ilyasova did not play international basketball for Turkey this summer in an effort to regain full health, and he said at Monday's annual team golf tournament that he is "100% healthy" entering next week's preseason training camp. "This summer is the first time for a long time I didn't play for the national team," said Ilyasova, a member of Turkey's runner-up World Championship squad in 2010. "I want to be part of the national team, but it is what it is. I have to first fix myself as well as be healthy. Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season. It was like a snowball. It gets worse and worse, and I never find myself 100%. Especially when you have a season like that, everybody was looking for some positive things. This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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One of the final straws for Nets ownership came around the trade deadline. Kidd advocated for a trade with the Bucks that would sent Brook Lopez and Mirza Teletovic to Milwaukee for the deeply troubled Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova. The suggestion, mostly about Kidd's belief that Lopez couldn't fit in his system, was considered and rejected by the Nets brass. NetsDaily

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Yet, behind the scenes, the Bucks’ brass has been busy. They’ve been discussing several trade possibilities and, if you believe some NBA officials, they’ll consummate at least one deal. The most likely Buck player to be relocated to a different zip code is Ersan Ilyasova, who is coming off a disappointing season but whose stock remains fairly high. Racine Journal-Times

It’s hardly a secret some teams who are picking in the late teens and 20s are receptive to moving their pick. One of them is Phoenix, which has the 18th and 27th overall picks and would like to add a veteran frontcourt presence. Another is Oklahoma City, which is unlikely to keep both of its picks at 21 and 29. And there is also Houston, which has the 25th pick and failed in its attempt to secure a “stretch 4” at the trading deadline in February. Houston has shown interest in Ilyasova in the past with some Rockets firmly believing Ilyasova would nicely complement Rocket stars James Harden and Dwight Howard with his potent perimeter shooting. Racine Journal-Times

Still another Bucks player who could be wearing a new uniform next season is beleaguered center Larry Sanders, who has been saddled by a spate of off-court issues. Sanders will be entering the first of a fully-guaranteed four-year, $44 million contract next season, making him virtually untradeable. However, some team may be enticed to take on Sanders’ issues and hefty contract if perhaps Ilyasova, Henson or Knight was part of a trade package. Racine Journal-Times

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Ilyasova admitted the injury could affect his participation with Turkey in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, scheduled to be held in Spain in late August and early September. "He (Ferkel) said, 'It's about your career,'" Ilyasova said. "I will discuss with it the federation and the national team and I will probably not go there. First things first. I have to figure out things and get it better. In July training camps start and that's when we will start the discussion. Most likely I'm not going to go." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Charles F. Gardner: Bucks are shutting down Ersan Ilyasova for rest of season after he visited doctor in LA on Wednesday. Right ankle injury has been problematic for Ilyasova since October. Contributed to tough year as shooting percentage dipped. Ilyasova was hurt in first preseason game at Cleveland on Oct. 8. Returned for regular-season opener but missed camp. Ilyasova saw Dr. Richard Ferkel, noted surgeon, on Tuesday. Ilyasova did not play vs. Clippers on Monday after playing Sunday at Sac. Twitter @cf_gardner

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