HoopsHype Ersan Ilyasova rumors

November 4, 2013 Updates
October 28, 2013 Updates

Ersan Ilyasova reported no problems after taking part in the Bucks' 5-on-5 practice session Monday at the Cousins Center. If he feels good again Tuesday, it's possible the 6-foot-10 power forward could be ready for the season opener against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Ilyasova suffered a right ankle sprain in the Bucks' first preseason game, played Oct. 8 in Cleveland. But he has made steady progress with help from the team's training staff. "Obviously we didn't go hard but I was feeling much better," Ilyasova said after the Bucks' season preview luncheon at the Hyatt Regency. "It's a day-by-day thing now and tomorrow is another practice and I'll just try to build on it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

October 9, 2013 Updates

Power forward Ersan Ilyasova suffered a sprained right ankle in the Bucks' 99-87 loss in the preseason opener against Cleveland on Tuesday night, putting him on the sideline along with injured center Zaza Pachulia and power forward Ekpe Udoh. "In looking at him it was pretty severe," Drew said. "Hopefully he's OK because right now we are really down in big men." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

September 10, 2013 Updates

Sources close to the situation say that virtually every team in the league has called at one point this summer about Ilyasova, so if the Bucks struggle to get Ilyasova back to the form that earned him his current long-term deal, don’t be surprised to see him and his three years and $24.2 million remaining dangled around, especially if the rumored plan to play Henson and Sanders together becomes the norm in Milwaukee. HoopsWorld

July 10, 2013 Updates

Stars Hedo Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova and Omer Asik headline an impressive 20-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that the Turkish federation made public on Wednesday. The list of Turkey head coach Bogdan Tanjevic is an ambitious mix of old and new with the only big-name absence being that of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, which was however already announced in the spring. Eurobasket 2013

June 8, 2013 Updates

Speaking to Sparky Fifer and voice of the Bucks Ted Davis on WSSP 1250, Gery Woelfel suggests that the Wizards are rumored to be interested in acquiring Ersan Ilyasova and another player for their third overall pick in June 27 draft (note that he also emphasized about five times this is just a rumor). The devil is of course in the details, but it's safe to say that any deal netting the Bucks a top-five pick without involving Larry Sanders or John Henson would seem like a clear win for a Milwaukee team in desperate need of long-term difference-makers. If it didn't require them to sacrifice the 15th overall pick either? Well that's a home run, even if it requires them to take back salary in the form of Emeka Okafor and/or Trevor Ariza. The same can't be said from the Washington perspective unfortunately. Brew Hoop

April 29, 2013 Updates
April 25, 2013 Updates

They know they’re in a dire situation. They know if they suffer a third straight loss to the reigning champion Heat, their season is, for all intent and purpose, history. “Yeah, it is,” said Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova, who is coming off a 21-point, six-rebound performance in Game 2. “They (the Heat) used their home-court advantage to be up 2-0 in the series, so Game 3 is really key for us. If we win this game, we have a chance. But if we lose this game, it’s hard to come up from 0-3 and try to win the series.” Racine Journal-Times

April 22, 2013 Updates

Ilyasova was in the starting lineup despite a sore right wrist. But he scored just two points and had six rebounds in 28 minutes. Ilyasova aggravated a tender wrist in the home finale against Denver last Monday when he fell hard to the floor while attempting to draw a charging foul. X-rays were taken and revealed no fracture. "When I shoot it's kind of painful," Ilyasova said earlier in the day. "The playoffs don't come often so I have to come up and compete." Ilyasova said the wrist had been sore from all the falls he takes while drawing charges. "If it was the regular season maybe I would try to get rehab and get rest, but it's really a short time and I have to be ready," Ilyasova said. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 21, 2013 Updates
April 20, 2013 Updates

The report was generally favorable on Bucks starters Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova on Saturday. Sanders (sore lower back) and Ilyasova (sore right wrist) practiced with the team before it left on an early afternoon charter flight to Miami. Game 1 against the Heat is scheduled at 6 p.m. Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Both are expected to be in the starting lineup for the series opener. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The Milwaukee Bucks are breathing a little bit easier. A magnetic resonance imaging test on Ersan Ilyasova’s right wrist was negative. Ilyasova, who has been the Bucks’ best all-around player since the middle of the season, injured his wrist while landing hard on the floor in a game against Denver Monday. Ilyasova had his wrist checked out Thursday and was at practice Friday morning at the Cousins Center. “I have a deep bruise,” said Ilyasova, whose wrist is slightly swollen. Racine Journal-Times

April 19, 2013 Updates

Gery Woelfel: A MRI on Ersan Ilyasova's right wrist showed just a deep bruise. Says he has some pain but fully intends on playing Sunday. Twitter @GeryWoelfel

March 22, 2013 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: #Bucks coach Jim Boylan said Ersan Ilyasova is making progress and may play Sunday vs. Atlanta at home. Ilyasova out with left hip injury. Twitter @cf_gardner

March 17, 2013 Updates

Heading into the draft, the Bucks compiled a short list of potential second-round picks. They whittled their choices to Ilyasova or Monta Ellis, now the Bucks’ starting shooting guard. Ellis, like Ilyasova, had been red-flagged by several NBA teams because of a knee issue. On the day of the draft, then general manager Larry Harris was leaning toward picking a big player — Ilyasova — over a small one — Ellis — primarily because the Bucks already had a stable of young, quality guards in Michael Redd, T.J. Ford and Mo Williams. After conferring with John Heinrich, then the Bucks orthopedic doctor, and receiving assurances Ilyasova could regain his health after an arduous rehab regimen, Harris chose Ilyasova. Racine Journal-Times

Jim Boylan, who promptly inserted Ilyasova into the starting lineup when he assumed the head coaching reins, is delighted with his young starting power forward. “Ersan has been really, really consistent with his scoring, his effort, his rebounding,” Boylan said. “He’s done so much for us. When we didn’t have him for those games (against Golden State and Sacramento last week), it showed how much we missed him. “It’s incredible the amount of progress he’s made as a player.” Boylan is more impressed with Ilyasova’s growth off the court. “Ers came from a foreign country into a new environment,” Boylan said. “ I played myself over in Europe. I lived in another country (Switzerland) for six years, so I understand Ers’ situation. People think it’s easy to come in and hit the ground running. It isn’t. “So to see how far Ers has come is amazing and a credit to him.” Racine Journal-Times

March 9, 2013 Updates

Veteran Mike Dunleavy will start at small forward and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will slide over to the power forward spot if Ersan Ilyasova is unable to play Saturday night at Golden State. That was the word from coach Jim Boylan following the Bucks shootaround Saturday morning. Ilyasova stayed on the stationary bike for most of the shootaround and Boylan said his status will be a game-time decision. Ilyasova suffered a left knee bone bruise in the Bucks' loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 8, 2013 Updates

Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova sat out practice Friday with a left knee bone bruise suffered in the team's 117-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Ilyasova reported some improvement in his pain level and rode the stationary bike while his teammates practiced at the Sports Club LA adjacent to the team hotel. Bucks coach Jim Boylan said Ilyasova will be re-evaluated at Saturday morning's shootaround and his availability determined for Milwaukee's game against Golden State on Saturday night in Oakland. "It was sore the first day, but now I feel much better," Ilyasova said. "I did some rehab and worked out a little bit, did some weightlifting. Tomorrow at shootaround we'll see." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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