The Pacers will have some cap space to work with this off-season and having a nice scoring big man coming off the bench is a need of ours. If we can't get a forward in the draft, would you go after Ersan Ilyasova in free agency? I would go after him if the price isn't too much. Brooklyn, Cleveland, and Milwaukee will all try to wine-and-dine Ilyasova this Summer.
Check out after the jump the positives and negatives of adding Ilyasova to the Pacers this off-season.
Would you go after Ersan Ilyasova?
According to reports Illyasova will demand and likely get a multi-year deal and get around eight million a year. Would you offer Ersan a four year deal worth around 32 million? I don't think so, but will go through the positives and negatives of adding a player like this to our roster.
Ersan is a stretch four kind of player. He could bring a better element of scoring to the second unit. He could play a nice pick-and-pop game with the guards that could be deadly against opponents.
He's a great rebounder. He fights hard on the boards and gets many offensive rebounds and kicks it out right away to open defenders. Ilyasova brings his hard hat and lunch pale when he's rebounding. He shows great toughness and tenacity on the offensive end. Who wouldn't want this kind of player on their team who can score and rebound with the best of them.
Ilyasova averaged 13 points and eight rebounds a game for Milwaukee last season. He's only played three years in the league and hasn't reached his peak yet. Once David West's contract expires after next season, you could have Ersan play they for the next five plus years if they wanted to.
He improved mightily from the 09-10 campaign compared to this season. It was amazing how he peaked near the end of the year and become a true force down low and from 20 plus feet.
Look down below at Ersan's stats (scoring and rebounding) from his 09-10 season to his 11-12 season via Brewhoop.com: