Feb 1, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Memphis defeated Milwaukee 99-90. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets interested in Ersan Ilyasova


The Milwaukee Bucks have a big decision to make in Thursday’s NBA Draft – they’ll like take either former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker or Australian point guard Dante Exum with the second-overall pick.

Then, they will have to decide what kind of changes they have to make to get out of the basement (the Bucks were a league-worst 15-67 this season).

According to Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal Times, the Bucks are looking at trading Ersan Ilyasova and the Houston Rockets could show interest in dealing for him.

The most likely Buck player to be relocated to a different zip code is Ersan Ilyasova, who is coming off a disappointing season but whose stock remains fairly high.

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…

…Houston has shown interest in Ilyasova in the past with some Rockets firmly believing Ilyasova would nicely complement Rocket stars James Harden and Dwight Howard with his potent perimeter shooting.

The Rockets could potentially use the 25th-overall pick of the draft to nab Ilyasova, who could be utilized as a stretch-four alongside Dwight Howard, much like Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson did with the Orlando Magic.

Ilyasova averaged 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 40.9% from the field, 28.2% from beyond the arc (he has a career averaged of 36.6%) and 82.3% from the free throw line.

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