Ersan Ilyasova, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, expressed an interest in sticking with the Sixers beyond this season, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. While it is not unusual to hear of a player set to be a free agent speak highly of his current team, Ilyasova’s comments are noteworthy because his presence seems to be a good fit for both sides with Sixers management expressing a desire to re-sign him, as Pompey adds. Ilyasova has been a positive player in the locker room and has averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, shooting 40.1 percent on three-pointers, since being acquired in a trade from the Thunder on November 1st, Pompey notes.
Here is more from around the Atlantic Division:
- There is some concern that the Knicks are overusing Kristaps Porzingis, who was out of Monday’s game because of Achilles soreness, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes. Berman spoke with a league scout who feared the Knicks are “draining” the young star.
- Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is particularly high on Isaiah Whitehead because of the young guard’s 3-point shot, passing prowess and defense, NetsDaily passes along in a look at Brooklyn’s batch of prospects.