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Bucks to shut down Ersan Ilyasova for rest of season

Mar 27, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

Ersan Ilyasova AP

Ersan Ilyasova, who has battled foot and ankle issues all season for the Milwaukee Bucks, has now seen a doctor and gotten the word.

The Bucks are shutting down Ilyasova for the rest of the season, the team announced Tuesday. He will not require surgery, but he needs rehabilitation.

The injuries took a tool on his game this year — he averaged 11.2 points a game but with a career low true shooing percentage of 48.6 (his traditional shooting percentage was 40.9), and he added 6.2 rebounds. He had a PER of 13.8 this season, below the league average and the lowest since his rookie year (and well off the 18.3 he had last season). That and all the losing led to a lot of frustration and reports he wanted to be traded.

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Ilyasova being out means more minutes in the short term for Jeff Adrien and John Henson.

The Bucks just need to try to get him healthy and back on the court in his old form next season because he is not going anywhere — he has three years and $24.2 million left on his contract (although he can be bought out of the last year of that deal cheaply).

  1. ryanrockzzz - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Hopefully the Bucks trade Illyasova. Drew’s ever changing rotations make no sense for him, and they don’t run plays for him when he is in the game. He would be much better on a team that could use his all-around skills.

  2. theblackrook - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Hopefully we can get rid of Larry Drew, he’s proven to be a terrible coach.

  3. nothingeasyeverythinghard - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Ilyasova is expensive when you consider that he only shows up for half the season at best. When he doesn’t show up for the entire season, he’s really, really expensive. Nice to see them shut him down. Hobo Ersan bricking shots and playing less than zero defense makes watching the miserable Bucks even more painful than just watching the miserable Bucks without him. This is coming from someone who religiously watches every game. Maybe next year he will play half way decent for a whole season for once as to compensate for being horrible this year. That is if we haven’t traded him for autographed merchandise from a contender. For now, I’ll just pretend he’s in on the incompe-tank.

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