HoopsHype Ersan Ilyasova rumors

January 5, 2013 Updates

Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova will miss Saturday night's game against Indiana due to a right ankle injury, coach Scott Skiles said in his pre- game remarks. Skiles said he will stay with the same starting lineup he used in Friday's 115-101 loss to Houston: Ekpe Udoh and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute at forwards, Larry Sanders at center and Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings at guards. Beno Udrih will play again after testing his injured right ankle against the Rockets, playing 24 minutes and contributing 11 points and four assists on Friday. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 2, 2013 Updates

Does Ellis and Jenning’s individualistic style of play have an effect on your performance? Ersan Ilyasova: Yes it’s true, point guard is very important for a power forward. If you can’t get the ball it’s harder to score. This is a fact its true but the main reason is my lack of minutes at the start of the season. I’m working extra to solve this, I’m trying hard to increase my shooting percentage too. TrendBasket

First of all, how’s the season going for you and Milwaukee? Ersan Ilyasova: I go through same thing each year, they signed too many players for the same position again this year. As a result coach tried everyone in the rotation. Now I started to get more time and I’m playing better. At the beginning of the season I didn’t get the minutes I was expecting and I was feeling down. I think it’s better now TrendBasket

December 31, 2012 Updates

The Raptors have been linked to Lakers big man Pau Gasol, Milwaukee’s Ersan Ilyasova, and Denver’s Wilson Chandler; however, Raptors sources warn taking on a ton of long-term salary is not what they are looking for in a deal unless it’s exactly the right player. HoopsWorld

December 22, 2012 Updates

Ersan Ilyasova didn't mean to injure Jeff Green. The two got tangled up fighting for a rebound with less than 30 seconds to go in overtime during the Milwaukee Bucks win over the Boston Celtics and Ilyasova elbowed Green in the face in the battle for the ball. Green staggered to the ground before leaving the game with a bruised left cheek and chipped teeth. "I tipped the ball and I tried to get it," Ilyasova told CSNNE.com. "I felt I hit him with my elbow when I was just jumping down, his face was kind of looking up." CSNNE.com

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While Ilyasova is starting to find himself, veteran center Samuel Dalembert is questioning the way he is being used. Dalembert, who is 31 years old and an expiring contract, hasn’t been seeing the kind of minutes he hoped for. He too has been moved from the starting lineup to the second unit. He’s playing just 16 minutes a night and providing six points, four rebounds and nearly two blocks during that time, but it’s not what he expected. “It is not working,” Dalembert said. “It’s not quite, I thought my role would have been a little bit more. But, like I said it’s coaching and everybody is doing their best. HoopsWorld

Bucks head coach Scott Skiles is still figuring out the rotation. As of right now Sanders and Udoh are his starters. Ilyasova originally was a starter after his breakout campaign last season, but he’s since been moved into a reserve role due to his early struggles. “It is a little bit [tough],” Ilyasova said to HOOPSWORLD. “We got a lot of big guys in different spots. It’s hard to find room some times. It doesn’t really matter. Whenever I step out on the floor I just try to be myself and give 100 percent.” HoopsWorld

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With his financial future virtually set, Ilyasova could have easily got lazy and out of shape during the offseason as some other players in his position have done in the past. Instead, Ilyasova rededicated himself to honing his game even more. “It doesn’t work that way for me,” Ilyasova said when asked if he was tempted to perhaps ease up on his work regimen after signing his huge contract. “That’s not my nature. “The thing with this contract ... there comes responsibility with it. People are expecting more, so that’s why I spent the summer working with a coach to try and improve myself.” Racine Journal-Times

The 25-year-old Ilyasova hired a personal strength coach for the first time in his career with the sole intent of transforming his rather slender physique into a more pumped-up and defined body. “I spent my summer in Juno Beach, Florida,” Ilyasova said. “I was there like maybe three months. I worked out three times a week. “I hired a strength coach. I don’t want to say his name; I want to keep it secret because he was so good. He’s worked with NFL type guys. He helped me a lot.” Racine Journal-Times

July 30, 2012 Updates

Ersan Ilyasova’s multiyear deal with the Bucks will average $8 million per season, but it will not be easy for the 6-foot-10 forward to realize the full $45 million payout over five seasons. That’s because the contract includes $5 million in hard-to-achieve bonuses and a fifth year at $8 million that is non-guaranteed, according to a league source. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced the following statement with regard to free agency: “We are engaged in free agent negotiations with Ersan Ilyasova. We intend to enter into a player contract with Ersan once the moratorium period has ended.” NBA.com

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