The Atlanta Hawks have acquired forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for center Tiago Splitter and two second-round draft picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. While reports have yet to indicate what second rounders are to be included, Atlanta now owns the Brooklyn Nets' and the Miami Heat's second rounders for this year and the Washington Wizards' second-round selection in 2019.
The Hawks will also send one second round pick to the Sixers, along with the rights to swap a 2017 second round pick. They will return from the All-Star break in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind Toronto.
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Ilyasova, a 6-foot-10 swingman, has become a de facto journeyman in recent seasons, but he projects to be a useful bench piece for president of basketball operations and head coach Mike Budenholzer. He hasn't played at all this season with a calf strain and only averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in an injury plagued 2015-16 season. Among the teams that have reportedly pulled off deals include the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers as well as the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets.
Ilyasova has averaged 14.8 points while starting in 40 of 53 games this season. Both players will be free agents after the 2016-17 season, but you have to believe the Hawks are going to do their best to retain Ilyasova after giving away a couple of draft picks. He started the year with the Oklahoma City Thunder before getting traded to the 76ers. Ilyasova is set to become a free agent at the end of the season as well.