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.
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.
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.
January 18, 2021 | 8:03 pm EST Update
January 18, 2021 | 7:42 pm EST Update
Jarrett Allen was en route to Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks when Nets general manager Sean Marks called. As he looked down at his phone, Allen knew what was happening. His time in Brooklyn was over. “It was definitely rough on me,” Allen said. “Even though you say it’s the business of basketball, it never makes it easier. But at the end of the day, it’s the business, and you have to move on.”