Does Ersan Ilyasova want out of Milwaukee?

Ersan, after either taking or attempting to take a charge, probably. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
Ersan, after either taking or attempting to take a charge, probably. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Ersan Ilyasova rumors will persist until Ersan Ilyasova is no longer on the Milwaukee Bucks. That’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years. Even with his contract that’s probably not in line with his actual skill level, given his inconsistencies, he flashes enough talent and has a reputation as a reliable 3-point shooting big that there is always a market for him.

And, on occasion, Ersan will throw a little bit of gas on that fire. There have been rumors in the past that he’s wanted out of Milwaukee, but most of those were tied to his roller coaster role in the rotations of Scott Skiles. Well, despite the presence of a new player-friendly coach in Larry Drew, Ersan still is struggling to find consistency in minutes or performance.

His shooting percentage (38%) and 3-point percentage (29.5%) are at career low levels, worse even than the ones he posted as a 19-year-old rookie. His rebound percentage is at its lowest (11.9%) since his rookie season. As far as his minutes go, he doesn’t seem thrilled to find himself in the same situation he’s always found himself in, only on a much worse team. As an example of the ups and downs he’s seen, in his past seven games, he’s played under 25 minutes three times and over 30 minutes four times.

The translation is rough, but I’ve pulled over a few “quotes”, translated via Google from an interview he did with what’s apparently a partner of in Turkey.

“Too many players are called. For example, I am getting different time periods each match. 20 minutes, 35 minutes of a match the other match.”

“I’m not a young player. Ultimately, I came to the age of 26. After a certain point you want to win the championship, I want to play in a team that plays with. Bucks take more time to sit in the squad. We need at least two years. Go to another team comes to mind.”

“I’m playing in the NBA for 7 years and every year there is a surprise in this team. Work is going up and down all season.” 

He goes on to mention, it seems (rough translation), that he’s a player that needs an understanding of the guys he’s playing with, as he isn’t a guy who creates his own shot. He needs chemistry in a pick and roll or pick and pop game. And he’s totally right. He had a solid comfort level with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis by the midway point of last season and a lot of his best looks came either when he set screens for them or floated to the top of the arc as they ran pick and rolls else where. He hasn’t found that chemistry with Brandon Knight.

Yesterday, Bucksketball’s K.L. Chouinard exchanged a few Tweets with Mete Aktaş, a Turkish basketball writer. I’ve taken the liberty of dropping in their conversation via Storify below.

Ersan has two years and $15.8 million guaranteed left on his contract after this season and could be an attractive target come the trade deadline, even with his performance this season. Milwaukee has been hesitant to part with him in the past, but it seems like we may be entering a new age of Milwaukee management.

The organization’s hand may finally have been forced and an Ilyasova deal could be the fallout.

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  1. I have a strong feeling that neither Ers not Larry will be dealt, because their value has been deflated on this historically bad roster and parting with either now would not net a fair return. Both players will be kept through the duration of their contracts and the Bucks will become a competitive team during the upcoming Arena push.

    Embiid will stay in school and the Bucks will draft Wiggins, Exum, or Parker and Henson may possibly be dealt.

  2. It’s obvious Ersan needs to be in the right system to be effective. The Bucks roster is not set up for him to be successful right now.

    To be honest, Ersan is a sort of “luxery” player. A stretch four that can thrive if everything else is in place. As the Bucks are far from that type of team he should be dealt. To a team that has no need to worry about this year’s draft. In other words, a contender.

    Getting a 1st round pick in the 20-25 range for Ersan would be alright. The Bucks are in major rebuild mode, obviously. No place for an Ersan style player now.

    Note- Ersan would have looked good on the Big 3 2001 Milwaukee Bucks.

    • Add exum/wiggins, a more mature Giannis and maybe one more piece and the bucks may have the system Ersan needs to be an impact player. Or alternatively just add embiid and Ersans perimeter play would pay dividends.

      He won’t be traded this season because he won’t net a fair return.

  3. You ever watch a Bucks game and then look at a box score and saw that Ersan had 25 pts and 15 rebounds and wondered ‘When did that happened’? He can – on occasion – put up stats but he doesn’t impact games as much as those stats said he did. You can go whole quarters and not notice he’s on the floor except for the occasional charge call he draws. Can not wait until he leaves. Can not wait until he leaves

  4. I think he wasn’t dealt because everyone remembers his streak of double-doubles he had and that monster game he had. But that hasn’t been this season. People won’t always perform the same and he certainly hasn’t. People are hitting it on the head when they say he needs a certain system to operate well. With the way that he’s performing right now especially, he doesn’t work well with the Bucks. A first round pick would be a lot to ask for him. I don’t see the salaries matching up but the Spurs or Raptors seem like they would be decent spots for him to go

  5. trade Ers to Portland for Meyers Leonard and a future 1st round pick.. they need production at the 4 and we are more than happy to stockpile picks.. win win

      • I meant off the bench obviously.. they aren’t getting anything from Robinson and aren’t even playing Leonard.. LMA could move to center in smaller lineups opening up the floor

  6. To Ersan credit, even when his numbers are bad-his EFFORT has always been good. He has been a responsible NBA player for Milwaukee Bucks.
    If we trade Ersan, I will always have respect for him. Would wish him nothing but success.


  7. Ersan isn’t going to attract any trade value by the deadline. Just wait though, if he has a good 2nd half to his season (like he did last year), he’ll get traded on draft night to that one contender who needed that second push to get over the edge for their 1st rounder, like Houston.

  8. I say dump him, get some kind of picks for him, multiple second or a single high teens/low 20’s 1st rounder. Take that 8 million saved this next year and the year after. Hunt for a floor general type of point guard. Something that BK can flourish with… Such as Rajon Rondo in 2 years. Or try to lure Rajon Rondo earlier. Target Avery Bradley or possibly Kyle Lowry, both gritty defenders with signs of intelligence when running offense. I’d stay with Mayo, he could be a great sixth man, even starter if possible a 3 guard(4 with giannis at the four) Henson or Sanders at the 5. we could have a very good 3 guard starting, if we can somehow lure Avery Bradley or Rajon away. With Lowry it could work. All 3 are gritty defenders, possible triple double machines. I’d like to see Larry Sanders gone for some talent or picks. Clearing the books and just pick up some veteran like Zach Randolph for a playoff push over the next 2 years. Or target a pass first type of combo guard with later first round picks you may get for Sanders/Mayo/Butler/Ersan.
    I know Sanders just had a monster game, but I feel like its time to let Henson and Giannis take over the team.

    • Absolutely not time for Giannis to take over this team. He’s got potential don’t get me wrong, but hes only 19 and watching his play, he’s very sporadic. His jumper isn’t consistent ever and he gets caught up on rotations on defense still and makes mistakes. He will be good in the long run, but he’s far from being a leader on this team.

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