HoopsHype Ersan Ilyasova rumors

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

March 2, 2013 Updates

Sources say Milwaukee, however, was not willing to put Ellis or Ilyasova into the deal. Which left the Hawks with two choices: Trade Smith to Milwaukee for a package featuring Beno Udrih's expiring contract paired with forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute … or keep Smith beyond the deadline and risk seeing him walk away from Atlanta in the summertime without compensation. ESPN.com

February 20, 2013 Updates

One rival executive said fourth-year point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova are not expected to be traded. But center Samuel Dalembert (expiring deal worth $6.7 million) and fourth-year forward Ekpe Udoh could help get the deal done. USA Today Sports

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Boylan fully realizes what an important piece Ilyasova is to the Bucks’ puzzle and has made a concerted effort to be on the same page with him. Boylan said he will often talk to Ilyasova at practice or after games. “Another thing I said to Ersan was that I want him to get back to playing with all of his energy that he played with last year,” Boylan said. “And he’s done that. “It’s all coming together for him and, hopefully, he can continue the way he’s been playing. I think he knows how I feel about him and the impact he has on our team, which is significant.” Racine Journal-Times

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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