Update (8:50 CT): Peter Vecsey tweeted that the Nets still have interest in Ersan, but without the cap room, it would need to be a sign-and-trade deal, presumably one that involved Kris Humphries. And the Bucks have no interest in Humphries (which sounds like sound thinking to me), so it would need a third team.
Agent Tolga Tugsavul tells HoopsHype his client Ersan Ilyasova is seriously considering accepting “a big offer” … sulia.com/c/basketball/f…
— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) July 4, 2012
In recent weeks, Carlos has said that he hopes to re-sign with the Bucks, as he recovers from off-season groin surgery to repair an injury that hobbled him at the end of last season. He is also preparing for the upcoming London Olympics with the Argentine squad.
Meanwhile, two of the teams mentioned as landing spots for Ersan Ilyasova have made substantial salary commitments in the past two days. Yesterday, the Brooklyn Nets agreed with the Atlanta Hawks on a trade that would bring Joe Johnson to the Barclay Center — a day after agreeing to terms on a 4-year, $40 million deal with Gerald Wallace. If Deron Williams signs for a max deal, the Nets aren’t going to have much cash left to throw at Ersan.
In addition, the Toronto Raptors have agreed to an offer sheet with restricted free agent Knick guard Landry Fields — for a staggering $20 million over three years. The Raptors are also pursuing Steve Nash (and this first deal appears, in part, to facilitate a Nash signing). With the Nash and Fields deals, another Ersan suitor would find its cap situation tied up.
There are still yet other teams after Ilyasova, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and teams in Europe, so while this does help the Bucks in their attempt to woo Ersan back, they still need some more luck to make it a financially stable signing.