Pistons acquire Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova
The Detroit Pistons have acquired forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Caron Butler and Shawne Williams, according to FOX Sports One's Adrian Wojnarowski.
"Ersan Ilyasova is a player we have coveted since we got to Detroit," said Stan Van Gundy. "Not only is he a proficient three-point shooter that can stretch the floor, he is a high-energy, hard-playing guy who fits extremely well with how we want to play. We are excited about what he can add to our team."
The 28-year-old native of Turkey would be an obvious replacement for Greg Monroe, who is expected to leave as an unrestricted free agent. Ilyasova isn't as skilled a rebounder as Monroe, but he does give the Pistons something that Stan Van Gundy is always looking for -- 3-point range. Even at 6-foot-10, he hit 38.9 percent of his 3-pointers last season, and is a 37-percent shooter in his seven-year NBA career.
Ilyasova is scheduled to make $7.9 million this season and $8.4 million in 2016-17, although the Pistons have a $400,000 buyout for that year.
Ilysaova also gives the Pistons the security at power forward to go after a small forward with the No. 8 pick in the upcoming draft. Croatia's Mario Herzonja, represented by new Palace Sports and Entertainment hire Arn Tellem, is considered the favorite, although Denver could be considering him at No. 7.
Butler, who turned 35 in March, was a short-term solution at small forward that didn't work well, while Williams also failed to make an impact at small forward. The Bucks are expected to waive one or both players to add cap space.