So is this Ersan Ilyasova deal a bargain, a steal or another in a long line of mistakes?
Obviously I’m not the highest on the resigning of Ersan Ilyasova. Or on most of the things the Milwaukee Bucks have done over the past couple of years. I was still under the Fear the Deer spell through the Stephen Jackson move, but since then, the Mike Dunleavy deal was fine and draft picks are draft picks, but I’ve been pretty meh on most things Bucks.
It’s more of a philosophy thing than anything. I think John Hammond is fine and under the right circumstances, I’m sure he could flourish. But Milwaukee isn’t the right circumstances. So I’ve been a fairly grouchy dude for a good while now.
So when Ilyasova was brought back at a reported $45 million over five years, I did one eye roll that lasted about 20 minutes and moved on. Reports eventually clarified that the deal more realistically is about $32 million over four years when factoring in options and bonuses and such.
So, not as bad. But I’m still not calling my friends and telling them to sign up for season tickets or anything.
Matt Moore feels like I’m being a bit harsh on the deal. When Ken Berger reported Ilyasova deal specifics, he and I tweeted back and forth a bit.