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Report | Hawks sign Ersan Ilyasova to 1-year deal

Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7), of Turkey, reacts after shooting a 3 point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 100-95. (AP Photo/AJ Reynolds)
(AP Photo/AJ Reynolds)

The Atlanta Hawks and free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova have agreed on a one-year deal worth $6 million for the upcoming 2017-18 season, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Earlier this offseason, the Hawks renounced their rights to Ilyasova, making him an unrestricted free agent. Despite that, he winds up back with the team for at least another year.

Ilyasova finished the 2016-17 year as a member of the Hawks, appearing in 26 games and making 12 starts. In that span, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, before he entered the playoffs and completely fell out of favor. In six games, he received just 15 minutes per night, averaging 4.0 points and 5.2 rebounds before the team was eliminated in the opening round by the Washington Wizards.

He appeared for three different franchises during the past season, beginning the year with the Oklahoma City Thunder, before he was dealt after just three games. He blossomed in his 53 games with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 14.8 points per game. But down the stretch of the year, he was moved yet again to Atlanta.

A nine-year NBA veteran, Ilyasova spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks. Since then, he has appeared with five different franchises in two years.

There will be an expanded opportunity for Ilyasova at the power forward position heading into 2017-18, after Paul Millsap was dealt to the Denver Nuggets in a sign-and-trade earlier in the offseason. He will have to compete with both rookie John Collins and second-year man DeAndre’ Bembry, who are both having strong Summer League performances.

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