HoopsHype Ersan Ilyasova rumors

December 8, 2012 Updates

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

July 8, 2012 Updates

The Bucks have reached a deal on a multiyear contract with power forward Ersan Ilyasova, a league source confirmed Sunday. The deal is for five years and as much as $45 million, although guaranteed dollars and the bonus structure of the contract have not been disclosed.The Bucks made a strong push to re-sign the 6-foot-10 Ilyasova, who also drew interest from Brooklyn, Toronto and several teams in Europe. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t make the playoffs last season, but their offseason has already been a success. Sources confirmed a report on the basketball Web site HoopsHype Sunday afternoon that the club was close to a deal that would keep forward Ersan Ilyasova in Milwaukee on a five-year, $45 million deal. Ilyasova was one of the top free agents on the market at power forward, a “stretch four” who finished tied for second in the league in three-point percentage last season (.455) with Warriors guard Stephen Curry. But he also averaged 8.8 rebounds to go with his 13 points per game, posting 20 double-doubles for the Bucks and finishing second to Orlando’s Ryan Anderson in voting for Most Improved Player. NBA.com

July 6, 2012 Updates

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