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Would the Bucks sell low on Ilyasova?
Over the final two months of the 2011-12 season, Ersan Ilyasova posted 16.1 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game while playing over 30 minutes per night. His emergence made the No. 1 pick from his draft class, teammate Andrew Bogut, entirely expendable.
That allowed the Bucks to deal Bogut for Monta Ellis (more on him later in the slideshow) and promote Ilyasova as the Bucks' big man of the future.
Since that time, Ilyasova has experienced a mysterious decline in his play. He's playing just 23 minutes per game this year and shooting just 40.9 percent from the floor (comparatively, he was 49.2 percent last season).
Ilyasova had been beginning to show signs of improvement in early December, but he hasn't had 20-plus-point game since Dec. 30. He also scored just 17 points in the last two Bucks games combined (matchups against Detroit and Toronto, no less).
Gery Woelfel, a former beat writer for the Racine Journal-Times, told a local radio show (h/t NetsDaily.com) that the Brooklyn Nets had expressed interest in the Turkish big man. The Nets have some interesting pieces to offer Milwaukee, but the difficult part would be making the contracts align.
Ilyasova is making $7.9 million this season, and Nets prospects that might interest Bucks GM John Hammond—MarShon Brooks and rookie Tyshawn Taylor, for example—don't make enough money to make a straight-up trade for Ilyasova possible.
Ilyasova can't be traded until Jan. 15, but working a deal with the Nets may be difficult due to the salary issue. Moreover, the Bucks might prefer to hold on to him and hope things get better rather than trading while his value is at a low point.