Detroit Pistons Acquire Ersan Ilyasova from Bucks

The Detroit Pistons acquired forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forwards Caron Butler and Shawne Williams on Thursday.

Ilyasova was drafted by the Bucks in the second-round of the 2005 draft and spent all seven years of his NBA career with Milwaukee after playing two years in Spain. He is averaging 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in his career.

The trade frees up cap space for Milwaukee, as the forward was due $7.9 million this season and is set to make $8.4 million next season.

“Ersan Ilyasova is a player we have coveted since we got to Detroit,” Pistons coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy told ESPN. “Not only is he a proficient 3-point shooter that can stretch the floor, he is a high-energy, hard-playing guy who fits extremely well with how we want to play. We are excited about what he can add to our team.”

Butler averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in 78 games for the Pistons last season.

Williams averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 19 games with the Pistons after being claimed off waivers in February.

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