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Report: Ersan Ilyasova close to five-year, $45 million deal with Bucks

Jul 8, 2012, 9:46 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

HoopsHype reports:

Free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova is close to an agreement on a five-year, $45 million contract to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, agent Tolga Tugsavul tells HoopsHype.

via HoopsHype’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia.

Ilyasova stands as one of the best value contracts on the market. he was hyper-productive and efficient last season for the Bucks. Some point to his jump in production as an outlier, but in reality, there were signs in the 2011 season that he was headed in that direction. He can space the floor, rebound, attack the rim and still has a lot of potential in front of him.

The question is whether a $9 million per year deal is too much. He’s not a top option, and it’s easy to argue he’s a third or fourth option. But his versatility and rebounding bring enough to the team to make this worth it. Then you have consider team need. The Bucks desperately need low-post scoring with the way they’re set up. Samuel Dalembert, John Henson, Ekpe Udoh, Larry Sanders, none can stretch the floor or score inside. You have to pay for positional value, and the Bucks are here.

If they’re wrong on Ilyasova, they’re stuck with a long-term contract that’s movable but not too sweet. If they landed a huge production player, they could have the base of something to build off. Either way, they couldn’t afford to lose Ilyasova, and they have the long-term money to be able to swallow this one. Good deal.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM


    Really, all these free agents that are getting these contracts are not horrible, they ARE good players, but should be 3rd, 4th and 5th options and are getting paid like 1st and 2nd options. It’s gonna be funny as all hell to see how the NBA looks like in 2 years when everybody’s well over their cap room and there are a bunch of horrible teams.

    And really, tell me why the Bucks need literally 50% of their roster to be PF’s for???

  2. imforbigblue - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Looks like the owners learned nothing from the lockout because there still handing our retarded contracts

  3. patfic15 - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Bucks still exist? Who knew? The Pittsburgh pirates of the NBA.

  4. Roderic Rinehart - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    This should be 4 years for $18 mil.

  5. blarry21 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    What do you mean the Pirates of the NBA? The Pirates are good this year! More like the Royals. It’s really painful being a fair weathered Bucks fan. They are never REALLY bad, but they are never REALLY good either. If they are anything but the 8 seed in the playoffs people in this town totally over react. NBA purgatory. Kohl needs to get lost.

  6. shaggytoodle - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Good for him, he out efforts people, atleast 2-3 times a night.

    While the Bucks may always be near the fringe of playoffs, year in and out. People need to remember its still a team game, and Ersan is deffinetly good enough to make a team better.

  7. fm31970 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    This is exactly the type of player the Bucks SHOULD be signing, instead of bringing in ill-fitting (Maggette, Steven Jackson) older players who are past their prime and don’t fit coach Skiles system. Ersan’s not flashy, puts up meaningful stats, and is still young.

    The Bucks FINALLY got Redd’s contract off the books this season, got rid of Jackson and always injured Bogut, so they’re headed in the right direction.

  8. greej1938l - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Bucks aren’t a bad team at all always around the .500 mark. Which as noted earliers…isn’t good but isn’t bad

  9. rickyspanish - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:56 AM


    Post more comments, half the time they’re more interesting than the articles.

  10. patsfanvt - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    The reason these players are paid a lot is because you can only pay superstars so much. All middling NBA players are overpaid; all superstars are underpaid. The amount somebody is worth is their deviation from the bottom NBA player.

    • jcarne9014 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      “…all superstars are underpaid.” Are you f*&%king serious?!! An absolutely stupid comment.

      • patsfanvt - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

        I’m not saying that they are underpaid because of how much money they deserve for the work they do (nobody deserves 15 million for playing basketball). This is just purely in terms of their value relative to middling players. If you divided all the contract values by 100 I would say the same thing.

        I am sure that If there were not max deals the superstars could demand far more money than they currently do (the absolute max is 35% of the cap for players with the most experience). Because these players can “only” receive the max, much of the teams’ cap space is devoted to competing for the players who are non-star starters.

  11. jcarne9014 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Who?! How much?! These contracts are just beyond ridiculous!

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