Last season, Doc Rivers showed a longing for acquiring a big man who could stretch the floor and rebound. This resulted in a Byron Mullens signing along with Antawn Jamison, Hedo Turkoglu, and Danny Granger being options at the power forward. As expected, neither player panned out leaving the Clippers in a tough situation.
But there may be an available opportunity for Doc to get his guy, or at least a guy who can prove to be useful for the Clippers. According to Gery Woelfel of WSSP 1250, Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks is on the trading block.
The general consensus among some NBA personnel is that the Bucks, who are obviously in a rebuilding mode, could obtain a late-first round pick for the 27-year-old Ilyasova in what is regarded as one of the most deep and talented draft in years.
It’s hardly a secret some teams who are picking in the late teens and 20s are receptive to moving their pick. One of them is Phoenix, which has the 18th and 27th overall picks and would like to add a veteran frontcourt presence. Another is Oklahoma City, which is unlikely to keep both of its picks at 21 and 29.
So how exactly do the Clippers go about trading for Ilysasova? This is the deal I came up with in ESPN’s Trade Machine that would send the fourth year power forward to Los Angeles.
Upon discovering Ilyasova’s availability, I ran the aforementioned package across Eric Buenning of SB Nation’s BrewHoop.com to see how receptive Bucks fans would be to the trade and majority were in favor of it.
They put themselves in the position to unload to non-guaranteed contracts to fill a desperate need. Despite having a career-worst season in 2013-14, Ersan’s skillets would mesh beautifully with the Clippers. During the 2012-13 season, Ersan shot 44 percent from three while grabbing 9.3 rebounds per-36 minutes. To simply put it, he is what people think Byron Mullens is plus more. Defensively, there’s nothing to fawn over, but with the right center behind him, possibly Patric Young with the 36th overall pick, that’s an attribute that could be hidden in Rivers’ system.
For the Bucks, they’d be given the late pick they’re looking for with the 28, along with two players they could decide to use or release as both Jamal Crawford and Willie Green have non-guaranteed contracts in 2014-15.
Depending on the demands of the Bucks, the Clippers could swap out Willie Green with Reggie Bullock to increase the value of the package. While Bullock’s skill set fits what the Clippers need, there is little indication that he’ll be a rotation player this upcoming season. By moving Bullock, this allows the Clippers to clear an extra trickle of cap space with Green’s non-guaranteed contract while the Bucks got a shooting guard prospect of the future which is important because the franchise isn’t fond of O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight is too on the trading block.
Let us know below what you think of the suggested trade for Ersan Ilyasova.