Frustrated by the direction of the franchise, Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova could be looking to leave the only NBA team he's ever played for. As the Racine Journal Times reports, Ilyasova's grown tired of a chaotic roster that's seen constant changes since he arrived for good in 2009.
"The thing I’m upset about is each year, each season, we go through the same thing," Ilyasova said. "Last year, we make the playoffs and now we start all over again. That’s really frustrating."
Ilyasova didn't say whether he's actually requested a trade, but the public comments are a pretty clear indication of where he stands. As arguably the Bucks' best trade chip, he'll presumably end up in trade rumors whether he likes it or not.
Drafted by Milwaukee in 2005 and signed to a $40 million deal two years ago, Ilyasova does have some ties to the city and had some positive words for the club and its owner, Senator Herb Kohl. Still, he's clearly not content spending the prime of his career on one of the league's worst rosters, and the constant changes don't offer much confidence.
The team's struggles have also seemingly gotten to Ilyasova's individual game. He's shooting a career-low 38 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. However, he's known as a streaky player, and some team may gamble on the Turkish big man catching fire in a new environment.
Wizards, Kings ask about Luke Ridnour
The Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings have asked the Bucks about point guard Luke Ridnour, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports. He'll likely be one of many veteran point guards talked about in the coming days as teams search for experienced help.
The 33-year-old started all 82 games for the Timberwolves last season, but he's currently the third-string point guard in Milwaukee behind youngsters Brandon Knight and Nate Wolters. With the Bucks trying to develop their youth while angling for lottery odds, it's unlikely this arrangement changes any time soon.
Ridnour remains a solid offensive point guard who can manage an offense and hit the occasional jumper. He's a below-average defender and attacks the rim less than ever, but would still constitute an upgrade for a number of squads.
One of those might be Washington, which is currently using Garrett Temple as the backup to John Wall. The opening in Sacramento isn't as obvious with Jimmer Fredette, another offensive-minded guard, playing behind Isaiah Thomas, but Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro hasn't been shy about making deals.
Nuggets consider bringing back Andre Miller
The Denver Nuggets worked out banished point guard Andre Miller this week and team officials are considering bringing the veteran point guard back into the fold, Berger reports. Miller hasn't played since a public confrontation with head coach Brian Shaw on Dec. 30.
That incident appeared to be the end of Miller's second stint in Denver, but with Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson sidelined by injuries, the Nuggets have a glaring hole at point guard. Miller may not get along with Shaw, but even at 37 years old, he's still a capable point guard who could fill some important minutes should he return.
Trading Miller remains a possibility -- the Kings and Nuggets had extensive talks in December -- but after weeks of silence on the situation, this is the strongest signal yet that the relationship between the player and team isn't irreparably damaged. With a weak trade market and a desperate need at point guard, Miller may end up back in a Nuggets uniform before long.
Cavaliers still looking to deal
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have fired their GM recently, but that doesn't mean the club plans to stand pat this month. Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer says we should expect interim GM David Griffin "to make some type of trade by Thursday's deadline."
The interim general manager believes the Cavs are close to a playoff team -- three games out of the final spot thanks to the current four-game winning streak. Griffin also would love to have the interim title taken away from his name, and he works for an owner (Dan Gilbert) who wants his general manager to be aggressive.
After giving up useful pieces to acquire Luol Deng from Chicago, it's clear the Cavaliers want to make the playoffs this season. In the weak Eastern Conference, that's still highly possible, particularly as the team shows some signs of life. Pluto says the target in a trade would be outside shooting, which makes sense, as the Cavs have one of the lowest shooting percentages in the NBA.
Cavs, Pierre Jacksoninterested in
One target for Cleveland could be D-League point guard Pierre Jackson. His rights are currently owned by the New Orleans Pelicans, but Chris Haynes of CSNNW reports that the Cavaliers and Nuggets have "inquired about trading for" the former Baylor star this month.
That's good news for Jackson, who recently told Matt Moore of CBS Sports that he's considered going to Europe if he doesn't end up in the NBA. "[Europe's] on the back of my mind. My family needs the money. I need to provide for my family so whatever I have to do, I'll have to," Jackson told Moore during All-Star Weekend.
As a member of the Idaho Stampede, Jackson's been lighting up the D-League this season, earning All-Star honors as a rookie. He's averaging 29.1 points, 6.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 31 games, and he set the D-League's single-game scoring record earlier this month by torching the Texas Legends for 58 points.
A second-round pick by the Pelicans last summer, New Orleans could also promote Jackson to its 15-man NBA roster. Otherwise, dealing him now may be the club's best way of maximizing value.
Rodrigue Beaubois expected to work out for Wizards, Grizzlies
Fully recovered from offseason hand surgery, free agent point guard Rodrigue Beaubois plans to begin working out "with a handful of NBA teams late next week," according to Haynes. The Wizards and Grizzlies have already inquired on the guard and are expected to be among the teams looking at him.
A speedy 6'2 guard, Beaubois underwent surgery during the summer to repair a fractured second metacarpal in his left hand. He's needed the procedure three times, but sources told Haynes he's already been training and looks "ready to go."
Just 25 years old, Beaubois spent the previous four seasons with the Mavericks. In 2012-13, he averaged just four points and 1.9 rebounds in 45 games. Over his career, he's averaged 7.1 points and 2.1 assists per game.