ST. FRANCIS, Wis. Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond made it clear early in the free agent process that their primary goal was to re-sign forward Ersan Ilyasova, who had completed a banner year in 2012 that included being named as one of the NBA's most improved players.
And on Thursday afternoon, as the team announced that it would indeed bring back its efficient stretch forward, it was clear that Ilyasova had felt from the beginning that Milwaukee was where he had hoped to end up.
"I think it's the best decision to make to come back to the Milwaukee Bucks because I was really comfortable," Ilyasova said. "I was really comfortable with it and my family was as well."
Ilyasova's agent, Justin Zanik, reflected the same sentiment went asked whether the Bucks were the leader in the clubhouse from the beginning for his client's services.
"As long as that want was reciprocated, certainly Ersan had performed at an extremely high level and there's an extreme amount of interest...