Some things never change!
Milwaukee Bucks beat writer Gary Woelfel, conversing with Steve “Sparky” Fifer of the Robert Haack Diamond Post-Game Show, reported that the Brooklyn Nets are a team potentially interested in Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova: (h/t NetsDaily):
GW: Ersan Ilyasova, you know, during the summer was courted by a handful of teams, by the Bucks but most seriously by the Bucks, Nets and Raptors and I have it on very good authority that the Nets are still trying to pursue Ersan and trying to figure out a way in which to obtain him. I think that’s something to keep an eye on as we got forward here. … I’ll tell you what. MarShon Brooks would love coming to Milwaukee.
RHD: Well, he’d get to play.
GW: Absolutely, but he wouldn’t mind playing in Milwaukee anyway. He’s buried out there plus Avery Johnson probably doesn’t even know he’s on the roster. He’d be a terrific young combo guard.
RHD: That’s not going to be enough though because you’ve got make salaries work. So it would have to be him and something else.
GW: Yeah, it’s going to hard. I’m not sure how they can make it…
RHD: You know, as crazy as this sounds, I don’t think I’d mind Tyshawn Taylor either.
GW: You know what, I wouldn’t either. I don’t think he’s a bad player at all. I really don’t.
Woelfel later went on to say that the Bucks would not be interested in Andray Blatche.
The 25-year-old Ilyasova signed a five-year deal worth $40 million with Milwaukee this summer after a career season, averaging 13 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 45.5% from three-point range. He also scored 29 points and grabbed 25 rebounds in a game against the New Jersey Nets last season.
He’s regressed closer to his career norms this year, averaging just 8.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting under 40% from the field overall. The Nets would certainly be interested in upgrading their power forward spot, with Kris Humphries struggling and Reggie Evans limited, but it’s hard to imagine Ilyasova as an upgrade.