Ersan Ilyasova has decided to forgo the FIBA World Championships to be held in late August, according to a tweet by Gery Woelfel.
A deeply-disappointed Ersan Ilyasova has decided not to play for Turkish national team this summer so he can rest ankles.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) June 23, 2014
The news coincides with a similar tweet by Turkish basketball writer Ismail Senol that stated that it was unlikely that Ilyasova would participate due to the seriousness of his ankle injury.
The news on Ilyasova is doubly bad for the Turks when it comes on the same day that it was announced that Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter would undergo treatment on his knee. The Turkish team will be missing a big part of their expected front court.
Carlos Delfino announced on his own website that he plans to plan in the World Championships for Argentina, but that he is still awaiting a medical release from the Bucks to do so. Delfino is still rehabilitating from a broken foot that sidelined him for all of the 2013-14 season. He was included in a preliminary list of nine players submitted to FIBA by Argentina.
Delfino also said in the same announcement that he plans on participating with the Bucks at the Las Vegas Summer League. It’s not entirely clear if this is referring to actual Summer League play, or if he plans on attending some side workouts with the Bucks that may include some of the more veteran players, but it wouldn’t be entirely out of the question for him to join the squad made mostly of first- and second-year players. Perhaps his level of readiness in Vegas will help determine whether or not he gets the necessary clearance to head to Spain with his Argentinian team.
Las Vegas Summer League play begins in just under three weeks. The games take place from July 11 to July 21.