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Bucks make offer to keep Ilyasova, but he’s got options

Jul 4, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin Reuters

All the world loves a stretch four.

Apparently, anyway. There has been a lot of interest in Turkish forward Ersan Ilyasova, one of those players that leads most fans to shrug but most GMs to nod knowingly.

Ilyasova had talks with Toronto and Milwaukee (and the Nets, although after Brooklyn reached a deal with Mirza Teletović from Europe they are likely out of these sweepstakes). Cleveland is reportedly interested as well.

To keep him, the Bucks have stepped up with a five-year offer, tweets Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times. That length has some Bucks fans balking, but it may be what is needed to keep him. Of course, the real question is for how much money. We don’t know that yet, we just know money talks.

Trying to create leverage, Ilyasova’s agent also has told Hoopsworld there is “a big offer” from a European club.

Other teams may jump into the fray for Ilyasova. Why, when you just shrug? And he does give you “just” 13 points and 8.8 boards a game, but he does that very efficiently and can play inside out. He shot 60 percent at the rim (where he took 4.1 shots per game) but also shot 45 percent from three (1.9 shots per game). He’s a good rebounder, grabbing 17.6 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the floor. He plays a smart game.

Teams want him. The Bucks have made the offer but as other teams miss out on their first targets others may take a swing at players front offices like. The Bucks probably land him though, five years is a lot of security to turn down (and he is just 25).

  1. hodaghunter - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    If this is for real and Milwaukee keeps him all the sudden there is no reason the Bucks are not considered a top 5 team in the East.
    Miami, Boston, Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago. (Sorry Chicago fans, Rose isn’t going to be coming back 100 percent for next year. it’s going to take longer than that)

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      The Bucs? A top 5 team in the East? Lay off the stuff, it’s destroying your brain. Remember: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”.

      • hodaghunter - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        Tell me your top five teams in the east now?
        I can realistically put Miami, Boston and Indiana up there (provided that Indiana keeps Hibbert in the center). After that there are two spots up for grabs. Chicago is a strong bet but its going to be tough without Rose next year. New Jersey is a good bet with all the pieces they are adding right now.
        The bucks added what they were missing this past year with size and rebounding. Add illyasova and you have a very dangerous mix that could push themselves into the second round of the playoffs.

      • saint1997 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

        I agree. I mean come on dude ilysupernova is a good player but besides that you have a good and quick backcourt with monta possibly being an all-star but still no chance of them in top 4
        8th in the East is realistic cos Orlando and Hawks will fall out and Brooklyn will jump up

    • vandal4life - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      I’m a Bucks fan and even I think this is wishful thinking. Ilyasova is what he is… a good role player, not a difference maker. He would be a nice complimentary piece on a team that already has a few star players.

      Maybe Ersan will prove me wrong in a few years and he will take his game to new heights. Unfortunately, if the numbers being thrown out are correct, a 5 year 40 million dollar deal is way too much for the young Turk.

  2. rocketsbb - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    So what you’re saying is illyasova is a franchise changing player and can lead this team to a championship or ecf?

    • furiouslytim - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      I’m pretty sure he never said that

  3. rocketsbb - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    I mean, he’s pretty good,but he’s still not all star caliber

    • hodaghunter - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Creating a great team does not mean getting a bunch of great players. Every team needs it’s “glue” players who will do whatever is asked of them. Illyasova does that for the Bucks. He’s had 20 rebound games and he’s had 25 point games, he’s had 10 assist games… he does whatever the team asks him to do.

    • adzs - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      If there was such a thing as a ”second half of the season allstar” he’d be one…the guy was awesome in the latter half of last season…

  4. danj3678 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    One of my favorite players in the NBA. So underrated its not even funny. I don’t know what some people are thinking… Guy is capable of dropping a 20/20 in your face on any given day and he is very efficient. He is easily a team changing player. He won’t win you a championship, but he is that extra piece of the puzzle that a lot of teams look for. Love this guys game and I hope he gets signed by the Cavs more than any other free agent on the market right now.

  5. fm31970 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    The Bucks still need to figure out how to make Ellis and Jennings work, first and foremost. Illyasova resigning would be a great thing, and I guess (hope?) Dalembert adds that inside presence and shot blocking that the Bucks missed/needed when Bogut was out and injured.

    The big question is still Scott Skiles and if he can change his coaching style to mesh with the players Hammond has given him to work with.

    Top 5 in the East? Please. They’ll still be fighting for the 6-8 spots at season’s end, but at least they are making moves to try and improve.

  6. bougin89 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    The biggest issue for the bucks will be their scoring will go with Jennings and Monta who both can be very hot/cold streaky scorers. When they are on they could compete but when they are not I’m not sure where they are going to get points from. Ersan is really underrated and as long as he gets consistent minutes will be able to help. Hope they get this guy resigned.

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