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Ersan Ilyasova reportedly wants out of Milwaukee

Feb 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Ersan Ilyasova is Milwaukee’s longest tenured player. He’s been there for the mediocre times, and he’s been there for the slightly worse than mediocre times.

Over the course of five and a half seasons, the 26 year old forward has had ample opportunity to see exactly how the Bucks operate on every level.

Basically, Ilyasova has seen some real…stuff. Perhaps he’s finally seen enough, in fact, as reported here in the Journal Times.

According to multiple sources, Ilyasova has expressed a desire to be traded, apparently having had his fill of the Bucks’ continual rebuilding project.

Ilyasova downplayed talk about him wanting out of Milwaukee and declined to comment on whether he or his agent, Andy Miller, had requested a trade.

Ilyasova made it clear, though, the Bucks’ revolving door policy with players has irritated him.

“The thing I’m upset about is each year, each season, we go through the same thing,” Ilyasova said. “Last year, we make the playoffs and now we start all over again. That’s really frustrating.

You’ll excuse Ilyasova for not fully understanding what plagues the Bucks. He’s been conditioned to believe that playoff appearances where you get swept by a half-awake Miami Heat team are the goal to strive for.

Milwaukee’s issues don’t stem from “starting all over again”, either. Teams that are starting over don’t sign O.J. Mayo, Gary Neal and Zaza Pachulia to a combined $16.5 million in salary in the offseason with no plan in place. Teams that are starting over don’t trade for the ghost of Caron Butler. The issue isn’t losing guys like Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis; it’s trying to replace them through the free agency minefield.

The Bucks refuse to bottom out and try to acquire any real difference-makers, and this is the result. They’re on the right path (for now) thanks to pure incompetence (thanks pure incompetence!) and injuries, but it’s understandable if Ilyasova doesn’t want to stick around to see how it plays out.

Ilyasova has three years and $24.2 million left on his deal, though, so moving him might not be so simple. Even if Milwaukee is willing to part with him, which they absolutely should be, Ilyasova’s value hasn’t been this low in quite some time, as he’s shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from behind the arc while providing his usual brand of matador defense. Long-term investments are scary, and Ilyasova is streaky, injury prone, and basically all the things you don’t want a lengthy investment to be.

That being said, you have to imagine Ilyasova would benefit from playing anywhere that’s not Milwaukee at this point. Other teams realize this, and it sounds like Ilyasova is beginning to realize that himself.

You’d like to think that someone in Milwaukee’s organization would tell Ilyasova that things have to get worse before they get better, that it’s darkest before the dawn and whatnot, but that would require a certain amount of self-awareness that’s completely non-existent in that organization. Get out now and don’t ever look back, Ersan.

  1. therealgrande - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    I’d want out of Milwaukee. Anyone would want out of Milwaukee. A contender could really use someone like Ersan and his offensive skill set. Stretch 4 that can really shoot the ball.
    Injury plagued season for Ersan but he’s really talented offensively.

  2. savvybynature - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Doesn’t everyone want out of Milwaukee?

  3. stephenolszewski - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I can see The Rockets being a good for for him if his contract wasn’t so large

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      He’s “only” 8 mill a year. That’s really not that bad for a 6”10 stretch 4 that can rebound. I think he would be able to revive his career in H-Town. I would like to see that happen. I seen A LOT of worse bloated contracts out there.

  4. timmons94 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Hey now. Live in milwaukee.. Great place to live. But how can u blame him, the bucks are like 15-20 nba teams. Always stuck in neutral. Great sports town, win and people show up. Lose and the Bradley center looks like the palace.. Empty. Palace is best arena I have ever been to, hope pistons fans start coming back

  5. psubeerman21 - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    8 mill a year for a guy that can (or used to, anyway) stretch the court with a 3 and get double digit rebounds? Hmmmph. I would take a chance on him. 76ers should send them Turner. They can let Turner walk at the end of the year and get some cap relief.

  6. boscoesworld - Feb 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Perhaps Illy’s temperamental play has been part of the problem in Milwaukee? Paying so much for so little production continually haunts the franchise. Come to Milwaukee, take our money, sit on our bench with your vagina sprain.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Except he’s played well for the Bucks for several years, and the Bucks were still a team that at best competed for a bottom seed in the playoffs.

      Your team’s problems are much, much deeper than Ilyasova having a down year due to injuries this year.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    He’s exactly where he belongs. Absolute disgrace of a player. His idea of defense is standing still and falling over. His idea of offense is stand around and wait for a 3-point shot. His idea of playing hard is contract year and never any other time.

  8. wowwowbad - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Ilyasova for Jeremy Lin straight up.

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