Hawks, Ersan Ilyasova Nearing Buyout

The Hawks are nearing an agreement on a buyout with veteran power forward Ersan Ilyasova, reports Sam Amick of USA Today (Twitter link). Assuming the buyout is finalized by March 1, Ilyasova would retain his postseason eligibility for a new team.

Frequently mentioned as a probable trade candidate in the weeks leading up to this month’s deadline, Ilyasova ultimately stayed in Atlanta through February 8. He was immediately identified as a potential candidate for a buyout, particularly with teammate Marco Belinelli quickly reaching a buyout agreement of his own with the Hawks. However, early indications were that Ilyasova wasn’t desperate to get out of Atlanta.

Ilyasova, 30, has had a solid year with the Hawks, averaging 10.9 PPG and 5.5 RPG in 46 contests (25.5 MPG). The stretch four has a shooting line of .459/.359/.800. All of those numbers are in the general ballpark of his career averages.

While Amick (via Twitter) names the Bucks and Raptors as potential suitors for Ilyaosva, the big man’s skill set would appeal to a number of playoff-bound teams. He should draw plenty of interest if he reaches the open market, with Amick noting that other teams could get involved.

The Hawks are currently carrying 14 players on their NBA roster, so if they finalize a buyout with Ilyasova, they’d have to eventually sign another player to get back up to that league-mandated minimum.

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15 thoughts on “Hawks, Ersan Ilyasova Nearing Buyout

    • acarneglia

      Is Marshall Plumlee in Milwaukee? I know Miles and Mason are in Atlanta and Denver respectively

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  1. Braves Homer

    Hawks are making a habit of not getting anything in return for assets and just letting them walk…Horford, Millsap, Belonelli, ilosova, Demare Carroll. I guess they did get picks from Teague and Korver but that’s been about it last few seasons.

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      • Braves Homer

        Wait for what? A non-trade again I guess is what you’re saying will happen ?

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        • Z-A

          Their plan… is like no plan at all. Maybe playing for 2024 when LBJ, Curry, and Durant are out of the league.

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    • x%sure

      The Hawks have been right NOT to match those offers IMO. And they have a good draft position coming up. They want too much for existing players so players should return with the rookies. I think they will be back to their usual thing pretty soon (good but not quite good enough?)…

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  2. Z-A

    Sixers…. if they sign him it’d be funny b/c they got a 2020 1st round pick (top-20 protected) and 2nd round pick (hawks) and Splitter for Jerami Grant and basically swapping 1 2nd round pick in that hawks deal.

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  3. NatureBoy13t

    Does anyone know how solid he is on the defensive end? If he’s at least average then hed be a huge asset to a,1000playoff team.

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  4. NatureBoy13t

    And speaking of defense. Does anyone know a solid website to check players D ability? I’ve searched but never been overly impressed.

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    • x%sure

      Me neither. Players who get assigned the most dangerous opponents do not necessarily have the best ratings.

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  5. gopackgo

    dose anyone know when he will be released I would have thought it would be done today

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