Michael Cunningham: Hawks finalized buyout with Ersan Ilyasova. He will be waived soon.
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Shams Charania: Sources: Ersan Ilyasova has agreed to a contract buyout with the Hawks, clearing way for him to sign with the 76ers as a free agent.
Ersan Ilyasova and the Hawks have been discussing a buyout over the past several days, and Atlanta has been eager to allow Ilyasova to join a playoff team and contend down the stretch of the season. Ilyasova has considered several possibilities with playoff teams, including Philadelphia, Golden State, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Toronto.
Sam Amick: Milwaukee and Toronto among possibilities for an Ersan Ilyasova landing spot once Hawks buyout is complete, but sense is it could open to other teams too.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks buyout agreement with Ilyasova is tentative but expected to get done.
Sam Amick: Atlanta Hawks nearing a buyout with Ersan Ilyasova, I’m told.
Chris Vivlamore: Ersan Ilyasova said he has not been approached about a buyout of his contract. Reiterated he is happy to stay with Hawks.
Michael Cunningham: Ilyasova says he’s not looking for buyout. “As long as we are playing to win, I’m good with” staying. Hawks had trade offers for him but he invoked his right to reject.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks eventually may pursue buyouts for Belinelli and/or Ilyasova.
It’s been tough for the Hawks to drum up additional interest in what they’re selling. Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova have each been decent as role players, and could pitch in for a contender. But executives around the league expect each to be bought out if they are not traded. There’s a chance Belinelli could get the Hawks a second-rounder back at the deadline from a team looking to add depth, and he’d be a backup plan for a team like the Sixers or even the Pacers.
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Mark Murphy: Celtics expected to sign Sean Kilpatrick to 10-day contract later today. Combo guard most recently played through two 10-days with Clippers.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team signed guard Marquis Teague to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the NBA G League’s Memphis Hustle. Teague becomes the first GATORADE Call-Up in Hustle franchise history. Teague (6-2, 180) started in all 47 of his games with the Hustle this season and averaged 17.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 32.5 minutes while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from three-point range and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. He has led the Hustle in total points, total assists and free throws made and attempted during the team’s inaugural season in the G League. In the month of March, Teague averaged 22.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 34.7 minutes for the Hustle.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have recalled Khem Birch and Rodney Purvis from Lakeland of the G-League and also transferred two-way contract player Jamel Artis to Orlando from Lakeland. Tonight, Orlando will host Phoenix at Amway Center.
Ask his teammates, and they marvel at Gobert’s incomparable length that seems to cover the entire paint. Ask Derrick Favors, and he’ll admit he often thinks, “Rudy just saved my ass,” during games. Ask Jazz head coach Quinn Snyder, and he’ll give a 90-second case for Gobert as Defensive Player of the Year. “Objectively, Rudy’s the guy,” Snyder tells SB Nation.
“If you look at efficiency rating, which is empirically what we look at to see how a team’s playing defensively, it’s directly attributable to your wins and losses on the court,” Snyder says. “If he gets 10 blocks, that’s great, but our [defensive] efficiency is 90, then the probability of us winning is probably about 90, too. And that’s Rudy.”