Hawks get Ersan Ilyasova, trade Tiago Splitter to Sixers

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Philadelphia 76ers for Tiago Splitter and draft considerations.

The Hawks were looking for frontcourt help in talks with teams in recent days and landed Ilyasova, who has been traded five times in the past three years. He is averaging 14.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 56 games for the 76ers. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

How does this deal affect Philly’s future and its young players? Will Ersan Ilyasova help the Hawks in the East? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Splitter has been plagued by injuries over the past two seasons and has not played this season due to a calf injury. He is also on the final year of his contract.

The Hawks will send a future second-round pick and give the 76ers swap rights on another second-round pick as part of the deal.

During the first two weeks of the season, Garoppolo went 13-of-17 for 205 yards and two touchdowns versus the blitz (five or more rushers). Yes, that speaks to his vision, quick release and ability to read coverages as we have already discussed, but I’ve also looked at plays on the tape that show his ability to buy time and throw from unstable platforms.

Take a look at this play, a touchdown pass to Amendola versus Miami where Garoppolo identified the pressure and bought extra time to deliver a perfect ball for six points.

George is scheduled to become a free agent in the summer of 2018. In last week’s interview with Stein, when asked about the possibility of signing a contract extension of more than $200 million that Indiana is expected to offer him this summer, George said: “As I told Larry, I always want to play on a winning team. I always want to be part of a team that has a chance to win it [all]. That’s important. … I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship.”

 

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