There has been some speculation lately that the Jazz would be active during the midseason buyout markets and free agency period, and those rumors came to fruition this afternoon.
Free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova is signing a deal with the Utah Jazz for the rest of the season, sources tell ESPN. He's currently completing Covid testing protocol before he's cleared to sign his deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 9, 2021
Pending final bloodwork, free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova will sign vet min deal w/the #Jazz tomorrow, per sources. Ilyasova has already gone through Covid protocol. The 33-year-old played in 63 games last season for the Bucks, averaging 6.6 PPG (36.5 percent 3s) / 4.8 REBS.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 9, 2021
Ilyasova’s a veteran in this league, with 12 years of NBA experience under his belt. He brings some added depth, length, and shooting to an already super deep Jazz squad. Ilyasova has 51 playoff games as some experience as well, which will no doubt help the team make a playoff run, even if he’s not on the court a bunch.
Ersan's last ~750 Catch & Shoot 3PA's:— Adam Bushman (@adam_bushman) March 9, 2021
38.2% / Pretty dang good
Ersan's last ~700 FGA's at the rim:
58.8% / Decent enough
Jazz have struggled converting at the rim outside Rudy, Derrick, and Royce. Ersan could provide a small lift
Ersan Ilyasova is an interesting pickup for the Jazz. Another big who can shoot.— David J. Smith (@davidjsmith1232) March 9, 2021
Career: 10.3 PPG, 37% 3s, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG. 51 career Playoff games (ECF w/ MIL in 2019)
6-9, 235 lb who will turn 34 in May.
Ilyasova will be battling for minutes in this deep Utah Jazz roster, and will most likely be vying for playing time with George Niang, who has actually found a good little role with the Jazz second unit. The real question is, do you think Ersan will forgive Derrick Favors for this?