While there have been plenty of Jahlil Okafor rumors over the last couple of weeks, there wasn’t much buzz around Ersan Ilyasova ahead of the trade deadline. Well it turns out that Ersan will be the only Sixer on the move, for now.
The Sixers have traded Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks for Tiago Splitter and two second round picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Splitter is the final year of a four-year contract he signed in the summer of 2013with the Spurs, but was traded to the Hawks prior to the 2015-16 season. Splitter hasn’t been able to stay healthy in Atlanta with nagging hamstring issues, playing just 36 games in two seasons. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it is still unclear whether or not the Sixers will waive him to open up a roster spot.
The Sixers will receive Miami’s second round pick (protected 31-40, unprotected in 2018) that Atlanta acquired back in 2013, as well as the right to swap the least favorable of Utah’s four 2017 second round picks (Warriors, Knicks, Detroit, Jazz) with the Hawks’ 2017 second round pick.
So in exchange for Ilyasova, the Sixers got an upcoming free agent (Splitter), Miami’s second round pick, and Atlanta’s second round pick (Hawks will get the Warrior’s pick) in this deal. When the Sixers acquired Ilyasova earlier this season, they acquired a heavily protected 2020 first round pick from the Thunder in exchange for Jerami Grant. So overall, the Sixers netted a future first, a second round pick, and a pick swap for 53 games of Ersan.
Overall, Ilyasova averaged 14.8 points (36% from three) and 5.9 rebounds, while starting 40 games. Atlanta will be his sixth team since 2015.