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Ilyasova is 100 percent healthy and seeking a bounce-back season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Ilyasova struggled mightily last season, battling through chronic injuries to post the worst statistical averages of his career. The Bucks were reportedly shopping him during the summer but were unable to find an offer appealing enough to strike a deal. Ilyasova did not play for his native Turkey in this summer's FIBA World Cup, instead focusing on resting up for the NBA season. "Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season. It was like a snowball. It gets worse and worse, and I never find myself 100%. Especially when you have a season like that, everybody was looking for some positive things," Ilyasova said. "This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power."

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The Bucks are looking to trade Ersan Ilyasova.

It makes sense after Ersan had one of the most inefficient seasons among power forwards last year. He couldn't hit triples and was horrible on defense, so his market price is going to be coming at a discount.

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Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) has decided he will not participate in the FIBA World Championships this summer, electing to rest his troublesome ankles.

Ersan was sidelined for much of the 2013-14 season due to his bum ankles, only being able to suit up for 55 games. Through those 55 contests Ilyasova put up meager averages of 11.2 points, and 6.2 rebounds, while shooting a horrible 40.9 percent from the floor. Those averages are pretty awful for a team's second-highest-paid-player ($7.9 million last season) and it would be wise to let another owner deal with the disappointing Turkish man on draft day.

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Ersan Ilyasova is the "most likely" Bucks player to be traded before this week's draft, according to beat writer Gery Woelfel.

"The general consensus among some NBA personnel is that the Bucks ... could obtain a late-first round pick for the 27-year-old Ilyasova," writes Woelfel. The Rockets are cited as one team with a late pick (No. 25) that has previously shown interest in Ilyasova, whose trade value was battered by an injury-plagued 2013-14 season in which he missed 27 games and shot 40.9 percent from the field. Larry Sanders is also mentioned as a potential trade candidate, though he too is coming off a lousy season and his appeal is eroded by a guaranteed four-year, $44 million contract.

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Ersan Ilyasova admitted that he was "frustrated and disappointed" with his 2013-14 season, during which he averaged 11.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting.

Ilyasova also missed 27 games and was eventually shut down due to an ankle injury which appears to still be lingering. "If I am healthy, I would like to play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup," he said in an interview with FIBA.com. He'll earn a guaranteed $7.9 million each of the next two seasons, third on the Bucks behind only O.J. Mayo ($8 million) and Larry Sanders ($11 million), so Ilyasova should get every opportunity to bounce back after a lousy year.

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Ersan Ilyasova says he'll make a decision about playing for Turkey in the World Cup some time in the next month.

He was shut down early this year with an ankle injury and simply never got healthy over the course of the season. He says he's leaning toward skipping the event and if he wants to revive his NBA career, it's probably a good choice, as he simply has to find a way to get healthy and stay on the court.

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Ersan Ilyasova is out for the season and will rest his ankle for two months.

"I never had problems with the ankle," Ilyasova said. "It started when I twisted it really bad in training camp. I think I really rushed myself to get back for the first game of the season." His game completely fell apart down the stretch as one of the worst defenders at power forward. Ilyasova ineptitude on defense was only matched by his inconsistency on offense, so he'll be on a lot of "do not draft" lists for next season.

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Ersan Ilyasova (foot, ankle) is not expected to play for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

Ilyasova will not require surgery but a doctor recommended that he immediately begin "a period of rest and rehabilitation." It's unclear what the exact problem is with Ilyasova's ankle and foot, and given the Bucks' sparse injury updates it's likely to remain a mystery. Jeff Adrien and John Henson both get a bump in playing time with Ersan out, and both guys are candidates to start at PF, while Khris Middleton and newcomer D.J. Stephens may also get a few extra minutes. Ilyasova will finish his season having averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 55 appearances, and this disastrous campaign will he hard to forget during fantasy drafts next season.

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Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) is visiting a doctor on Wednesday and his status for Thursday's game is uncertain.

He sat out Monday's game and the Bucks already plan to protect his health by resting him one game in each of their two remaining back-to-back sets. We should know more about his status soon enough, and a positive medical update could clear him to play, but until then cautious owners have to consider him to be a shut-down candidate for the lottery-bound Bucks.

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Ersan Ilyasova played 24 minutes in another start at PF on Sunday, scoring 14 points and grabbing four rebounds, but he may sit out Monday's game as a precaution.

Ilyasova is dealing with an ankle injury and the Bucks have already vowed to rest him one game during back-to-back sets, so owners have to anticipate at least one DNP this week. With only three games on the schedule for Milwaukee, Ilyasova's owners may be forced to cut him in favor of a healthy player with a better schedule.