If you were on the Milwaukee Bucks roster, you'd be frustrated too.
The worst team in the NBA, Milwaukee enters the All-Star break as the only squad that hasn't yet cracked the double-digit barrier in the win column. A 9-43 record leaves them five games clear of the Philadelphia 76ers and the rest of the Association, and that's just flat-out embarrassing.
There's tanking for a top pick in the stacked 2014 draft class, and then there's whatever the Bucks are doing.
llyasova is arguably the Bucks’ best trading chip and several teams are believed to be interested in him. According to multiple sources, Ilyasova has expressed a desire to be traded, apparently having had his fill of the Bucks’ continual rebuilding project.
Ilyasova downplayed talk about him wanting out of Milwaukee and declined to comment on whether he or his agent, Andy Miller, had requested a trade.
For what it's worth, the power forward did spend a lot of time professing his love for the city of Milwaukee before admitting that the injuries and relentless losing have made the 2013-14 campaign unbearably frustrating.
"I really like this team because it was my first team in the NBA; I was drafted by them," Ilyasova told the Journal Times. "And I have huge respect for Senator Kohl. He was always up there for me during all those seasons."
Unfortunately, that admiration isn't making him play any better.
The 26-year-old power forward is in danger of losing his "stretch 4" title, as his three-point percentage has declined from 45.5 percent in 2011-12 to 44.4 percent in 2012-13 to 29.3 percent this season. "Declined" may not be a strong enough word for the last dip, which has seen the downtown shooting regress to its pre-2011 levels.
As Eric Buenning writes for BrewHoop.com, "What we've been able to gather is that Ersan hasn't felt totally comfortable with the inconsistencies with this year's rotations and his role going forward, though the reality is that no one has played more while producing less than Ersan."
That inability to connect from beyond the arc has had a trickle-down effect on the rest of his game, and Ilyasova is averaging only 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. He's still young and versatile enough that he has some trade value, but it's unlikely the Bucks will get a lot in return if these trade-requesting rumors are true.
That said, a fresh start would do him good. At the very least, it would be a cathartic move for a player in dire need of a spark.
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