The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a trade this evening.
Ersan Ilyasova (14.3 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 26.9 minutes)
A Future Second Round Pick
Tiago Splitter (Has not appeared this season due to injuries, might be able to play before the season ends)
Swap Rights with the Hawks on another future Second Round Pick
Not exactly a barn burner, but it does get the Hawks a stretch power forward to come off the bench. This’ll be Ilyasova’s third team this year, having been traded from Oklahoma City to Philadelphia three games into the season. He’s had a solid season, making 40 starts for the Sixers. Down in Atlanta, he’ll move to the bench, backing up Paul Millsap. Ilyasova provides Atlanta with a power forward who can hit threes and stretch the floor as they wind down the season with the Playoffs on the horizon. He should be able to provide them a nice boost off the bench going forward.
This trade is kind of similar to the Wizards acquisition of Bogan Bogdanovic. Each team has added a shooter to bring off their bench, and each team is battling for positioning in the top half of the Eastern Conference. It’s clear the teams at the top of the East are all looking to improve their chances at home court advantage, and reacting to each others moves.
Meanwhile, the Sixers pick up a player who hasn’t played at all this year, and has had an injury riddled career. On the other hand, it’s not like they need any more active big men. From the Sixers perspective, this trade seems to be about clearing out their roster logjam, while picking up a couple extra second round draft picks, and an injured player who won’t further clog the roster, but can provide from veteran leadership while he’s around. The Sixers might not be done, with Jahlil Okafor still a prime trade candidate, so stay tuned to see what happens next.