Posted July 05, 2012

Report: Nets will target Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova if Dwight Howard doesn’t go to Brooklyn

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The Nets are looking at restricted-free agent Ersan Ilyasova if they aren’t able to land Dwight Howard. (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets will look to sign Milwaukee Bucks restricted free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova if the team isn’t able to land Dwight Howard, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Ilyasova will visit two teams with salary-cap space this week, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, but according to Wojnarowski, the Bucks will match any offer to retain the 25-year-old from Turkey:

The Bucks have offered Ilyasova a five-year contract worth nearly $40 million, league sources said, and so far have shown no desire to partner in a sign-and-trade deal that the Nets need to acquire him. [S]o far, the Bucks are unmoved over sign-and-trade options for Ilyasova and are determined to keep him.

Selected 36th overall in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft, Ilyasova has turned out to be a steal for the Bucks, averaging 13 points and 8.8 rebounds in only 27 minutes last season. He’s also proven to be an efficient scorer, especially for a power forward, shooting 49-percent from the field and 45-percent from three. He had perhaps his best game of the season last year, ironically in a 92-85 win against the Nets, with 29 points and 25 rebounds in 36 minutes.