The Nets still have interest in pursuing Ersan Ilyasova if they're unable to acquire Dwight Howard from the Magic, tweets Fred Kerber of the New York Post. Peter Vecsey of the New York Post first tweeted that Brooklyn would target a sign-and-trade deal for Ilyasova if Howard was unobtainable.
A month ago, a report suggested the Nets were the frontrunners to land Ilyasova in free agency, but the Nets have focused on other targets so far in July. Because it appears the Nets won't use their cap space for free agents, a sign-and-trade would be necessary in order to get the power forward to Brooklyn. It's hard to imagine the Nets would want to give up Brook Lopez or MarShon Brooks in such a deal, but you'd have to think Kris Humphries would be a candidate to be sent to Milwaukee.
The Nets have already made plans to sign a pair of power forwards today, agreeing to terms on a contract with Mirza Teletovic, and negotiating a sign-and-trade deal to bring Reggie Evans to Brooklyn. Adding Ilyasova may create some redundancy at the position, though the 25-year-old is arguably the best player of the three, having averaged 13.0 PPG and 8.8 RPG in just 27.6 MPG in a breakout campaign for the Bucks.
Kerber tweeted earlier this week that Ilyasova is drawing interest from the Bucks, Cavs, Raptors, and Spurs.