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Ersan Ilyasova, the one who got away
The Nets pursued Ersan Ilyasova last summer, even taking his agent, Andy Miller, on a tour of the then-incomplete Barclays Center. But after the Nets traded for Joe Johnson and intermittently pursued Dwight Howard, he got lost in the shuffle and ultimately signed a five year, $40 million deal ($32 million guaranteed).
Now, however, Marc Stein reports that the Nets are back interested in Ilyasova, tweeting "Nets have made play this week for Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova, I'm told, but their trusty Kris Humphries/MarShon Brooks bundle was rejected." Ilyasova scored 33 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in the Nets back-to-back with the Bucks, shooting 4-of-8 from three.
He admitted to Fred Kerber Wednesday that he was disappointed it didn't work out for him and the Nets, but that's he's beyond it now.
"I cannot say I am disappointed because Milwaukee is home and they were good to me. But back at the time, maybe a little bit disappointed because it didn’t go the way I was expecting," said Ilyasova. "I was drafted by Milwaukee, my family is there and they gave me better chance."
There was some rumbling back in December that the Nets were interested in trading for Ilyasova, using Kris Humphries, who got some o of the money the Nets spent on Ilyasova, But there's been nothing since.
The 6'10" Turk who always seems to play well against the Nets left the door open for another shot at Brooklyn, which after all has the largest concentration of Turkish Americans in the United States. "You never know," he told Kerber with a smile.
Bucks' Ilyasova the one who got away from Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post