As for whom that is, a new name is already in the mix: On Friday, Justin Patton was signed to a two-way deal, sources told The Athletic (HoopsHype was first to report). The Rockets will continue to keep an eye on the free-agent market as well, with names like Dewayne Dedmon and Ersan Ilyasova being of interest. But the position will remain something of a question mark until Wood returns. The only certainty is that Cousins won’t be the answer.
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Sergen Kumas: Ersan Ilyasova is in talks with a number of teams about a potential return to the NBA, sources tell TrendBasket.
Shams Charania: Milwaukee is waiving forward Ersan Ilyasova, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Luxury Tax: While last season was far more pressing with so many important players hitting free agency, Bucks ownership has another opportunity to prove it is willing to spend. Doing so would also make a material difference because Milwaukee is only about $11 million below the tax line, assuming Robin Lopez picks up his $5 million player option. If the tax is a hard line, Horst will have to figure out how to retain Matthews and whichever free agents the Bucks want back while ideally using the Mid-Level exception to add depth and also fill out the roster. One key indicator will be what happens with Ersan Ilyasova because the veteran has a $7 million salary that does not guarantee until shortly after the 2020 Draft.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova said that if he ever returned to play in his native Turkey again, then Fenerbahce Beko would be his preferred choice of destination. “Fenerbahce is a big community. I think I’d like to play for Fenerbahce in Turkey,” Ilyasova said to Anadolu Agency.
“Ersan is a high-character, veteran player who gives our team an additional shooter to help spread the court,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. “He has a team-first mentality and brings toughness and energy to both ends of the floor. We are very excited to have him and his family back in Milwaukee.”
Frank Madden: Sidenote to Ersan Ilyasova returning to Milwaukee: Ilyasova’s agent Andy Shiffman works for Priority Sports….aka Mark Bartelstein, Jabari Parker’s agent. Would have loved to hear what the Bucks promised Ersan in terms of role given he might not have one if Parker returned.
Gery Woelfel: Ersan Ilyasova, vacationing in Florida, confirms he has reached an agreement with Bucks on three-year, $21 million deal. Ilyasova, who began his career with the Bucks, chose Milwaukee over Philly, the Lakers, Minnesota and Toronto.
Mark Deeks: Ersan Ilyasova is eligible for a full no-trade clause, by the way. Which would be a laugh.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Ersan Ilyasova has agreed to a 3 year, $21M deal with Milwaukee, league source tells ESPN.
Keith Pompey: PF @Ersan Ilyasova signed a FA deal through the end of the season back in February. The veteran said today that he wants to come back next season. pic.twitter.com/Nvfrj5JXeV
Jon Johnson: Ersan Ilyasova officially a Sixer. Again.
Shams Charania: Sources: Ilyasova plans to sign a minimum deal for the rest of the season with the 76ers. He clears waivers on Wednesday.
Alex Kennedy: If the Sixers sign Ersan Ilyasova (as has been reported), sources say that Philadelphia may waive Trevor Booker. Plenty of NBA teams, especially contenders, are monitoring that situation. If waived, Booker would receive plenty of interest as a free agent.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has requested waivers on forward Ersan Ilyasova, it was announced today.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks finalized buyout with Ersan Ilyasova. He will be waived soon.
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.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has re-signed forward Ersan Ilyasova, it was announced today by General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Ersan is a versatile and skilled big man who impacts the game on both ends of the floor,” Schlenk said. “He was a good fit in Coach Bud’s system, and we’re glad we were able to retain him.”
Shams Charania: Free agent Ersan Ilyasova has agreed to a one-year, $6M deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell The Vertical.
KL Chouinard: Ersan Ilyasova said that he was unsure about playing for national team of Turkey, especially with his pending free agency.
When he was asked this weekend about the possibility of re-signing with the Sixers, Ilyasova gave the impression that he wants to be more than a stopgap player. The 6-foot-10 power forward will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. “I like the team,” said Ilyasova, 29, a ninth-year veteran. “I like the way we play. I see a bright future with this team. There are small things we have to adjust . . . later, and I think we will be right in the top eight of the playoff teams.” Ilyasova talked as if he’s going to be here. The Sixers are delighted with his performance and he s fitting in well in the locker room.
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Scott Agness: Official: Domantas Sabonis is an @NBAAllStar for the second straight season, named the replacement player for Kevin Durant. It triggers an incentive worth $1.3 million.
Marc Stein: Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis will replace Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant as an East All-Star, sources say, but a decision has not yet been made on how to handle the East captaincy now that Durant is not playing.
The Charlotte Hornets are still “scrubs” to the rest of the NBA. Miles Bridges and his teammates are sick of that. “Opponents, they still think we’re scrubs. We’re just trying to show people that it’s a new year,” Bridges said Friday, before the Hornets play the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.
“We’re still under .500, but I feel like we’ve opened a lot of teams’ eyes as to how (much) better the Hornets are getting and how good we’re going to be in the future,” said Bridges. “We’re trying to prove something. I feel like us making the playoffs, and continuing to get better, is showing everybody, ‘Look, it’s not the same Hornets that we used to be.’ ”