Veteran power forward Ersan Ilyasova is returning to the Philadelphia 76ers just days after being waived by the Atlanta Hawks. Team president Bryan Colangelo announced the move on Wednesday, though he declined to provide details. Ilyasova reportedly agreed to a contract buyout with the Hawks.
The 30-year-old Ilyasova averaged 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 46 games (40 starts) for the Hawks this season. He was traded from the 76ers to the Hawks in February 2017. The 6-foot-10 forward was selected 35th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2005 NBA Draft. A native of Turkey, Ilyasova becomes the seventh international player on the 76ers' roster.
Overall, Ilyasova has career averages of 11 points and 5.9 rebounds in 655 NBA games over 10 seasons for the Bucks, the Detroit Pistons, the Orlando Magic, the Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 76ers also announced they had waived forward/center Trevor Booker. In 33 games off the Philadelphia bench this season, Booker averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. He began the season with the Nets before joining the 76ers in the December trade that sent Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn.
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