Apr 25, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors 2013: Ersan Ilyasova to Washington?

According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports, the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks have “explored” a trade which would presumably send Ersan Ilyasova to the nation’s capital in exchange for the third overall pick in this upcoming NBA Draft.


Washington has mentioned adding a forward who can stretch the floor on numerous occasions, and Ilyasova would obviously help them in that aspect of the game. Ilyasova averaged just over 13 points and 7 rebounds per game this past season, but he shot nearly 45 percent from beyond the three point arc. His ability to both rebound the ball as well as defend other “stretch 4′s” would undoubtedly become an asset in Washington.

Rumors will continue to surface as the NBA Draft is just around the corner, but I honestly don’t expect this trade to go down. The Wizards have traded high draft picks in the past in exchange for veterans in order to fill needs, but I think they’ll opt to keep their lottery pick. Ilyasova just recently signed a new deal with Milwaukee, which is worth approximately $40 million for 5 years.

Washington is very high on Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett, who can not only help them fill their voids, but they’ll remain on their rookie contracts for several years.


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  • Adam Banig

    Please god No!! This would be horrible. I’d rather look to move this pick for Derrick Williams or Jeff Green, if they are going to trade it, but since trades rarely work for this franchise, I’d rather keep the pick and take Porter or Bennett.

    • Ben Mehic

      I agree.. Washington seems to be set on making the playoffs, just to be bounced out in the first round. Keep the pick and take Otto Porter.. But then again, it’s Ernie Grunfeld we’re talking about.

      • Adam Banig

        Washington needs to think long term. In the past they haven’t always done that. Trading Rasheed Wallace for Rod Strickland, Chris Webber for Mitch Richmond, Rip Hamilton for Jerry Stackhouse, the 5th overall pick for Antawn Jamison and the 5th overall pick for Mike Miller and Randy Foye, never worked out well for the Wizards long term. Since the Wizards are very high on Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett, they should draft them. Each player can help them fill their needs immediately and they’ll be a building block for the teams future.