It’s no secret that the Bucks are willing to trade Ersan Ilyasova if the right deal presents itself.
That hasn’t happened yet, but Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reports Milwaukee has intensified its efforts to deal Ilyasova.
Bucks are still shopping Ilyasova and, as an NBA official added "shopping him hard."
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 14, 2014
Ilyasova is coming off of an injury-riddled season in which he played in only 55 games. He shot a career-low 28.2 percent from three and 40.9 percent from the field – the lowest since his rookie season.
Given the addition of Jabari Parker, who will likely spend most of his time in a hybrid small forward/power forward role, Ilyasova is more expendable than ever. Aside from his value-depreciating 2013-14 campaign, the main holdup in a potential deal is likely the guaranteed two years and $15.8 million remaining on his contract.
What once looked like a very reasonable five-year, $40 million deal – Year 5 is only partially guaranteed ($400,000) – has turned into a difficult contract for the Bucks to shed. Not only are potential trade partners hesitant to take on nearly $8 million in salary for each of the next two seasons, it’s also difficult to build an appealing trade package that works in terms of matching salaries.
If the Bucks truly are “shopping him hard,” it will be interesting to see what teams are willing to offer for the 27-year-old. The Bucks desperately need help in the backcourt, so it’s tough to envision another forward or center coming to Milwaukee in a potential deal.
As of Monday, the Bucks are rostering three centers, eight forwards and four guards (that’s counting Carlos Delfino as a guard).