A Philadelphia 76ers trade has been completed with the Atlanta Hawks just hours before the 2017 NBA trade deadline. The deal doesn’t include Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, or Nerlens Noel, though, so 76ers fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
A report by NBC Sports states that the 76ers have traded Ersan Ilyasova to Atlanta for Tiago Splitter and two second-round picks. The first second-round pick used to belong to the Miami Heat but was acquired by the Hawks in a previous deal. The other second-round pick is an exchange of sorts, with the teams swapping spots.
It hasn’t been clarified which pick the 76ers will receive, as the Hawks also control the second-round selection of the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets currently have the worst record in the entire NBA, dictating that this pick would be the first selection of the second round. Exact details on the pick exchanging will likely be confirmed by the NBA a bit later.
Ersan Ilyasova has played well in his first full season with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 53 games (40 starts), he has averaged 27.3 minutes, 14.8 points, and 5.9 rebounds per game. Ilyasova has helped spread the floor for the centers on the roster, giving the team a good weapon from beyond the three-point line. He has averaged 5.6 three-point attempts per game this year, hitting on 35.9 percent of his shots.
The 76ers acquired Ilyasova in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder back in November, sending Jerami Grant to OKC for a 2020 first-round draft pick. Ilyasova is also in the final year of his current contract and will earn $8.4 million during the 2016-17 NBA season. That makes him a very affordable acquisition for the Atlanta Hawks.