Pair of Sixers Leave Philadelphia in Free Agency
A pair of Sixers free agents have agreed to sign elsewhere, guard Marco Belinelli has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Spurs, while forward Ersan Ilyasova has decided to head to Milwaukee with a three-year, $21 million deal according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.
The deals can’t be signed until July 6.
Both players had major roles once they came to Philadelphia, adding three-point shooting to the Sixers bench rotation, after the trade deadline.
Belinelli shot 38% from three-point range with the Sixers after coming over from the Atlanta Hawks after the trade deadline. He averaged 13.6 points per game, in 28 games in Philadelphia.
As for Ilyasova, he came over from the Hawks, and hit on 35^ of his three's, scoring 10.9 per game off the Sixers bench in 23 games.
Both players return to previous destinations, Belinelli spent two seasons in San Antonio, winning a title there, while Ilyasova began his NBA career with the Bucks, spending his first seven NBA seasons in Milwaukee.
This is an interesting move for the Bucks and it could mean that they don't feel great about bringing Jabari Parker back. It has been reported that the Sixers have some interest in Parker, which would essentially have them swapping Ilyasova for Parker.
Both players will be tough to replace, providing scoring off-the-bench, and adding some veteran leadership and playoff experience to the Sixers young roster.