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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