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.