Bucks to shut down Ersan Ilyasova for rest of season

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Ersan Ilyasova, who has battled foot and ankle issues all season for the Milwaukee Bucks, has now seen a doctor and gotten the word.

The Bucks are shutting down Ilyasova for the rest of the season, the team announced Tuesday. He will not require surgery, but he needs rehabilitation.

The injuries took a tool on his game this year — he averaged 11.2 points a game but with a career low true shooing percentage of 48.6 (his traditional shooting percentage was 40.9), and he added 6.2 rebounds. He had a PER of 13.8 this season, below the league average and the lowest since his rookie year (and well off the 18.3 he had last season). That and all the losing led to a lot of frustration and reports he wanted to be traded.

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Ilyasova being out means more minutes in the short term for Jeff Adrien and John Henson.

The Bucks just need to try to get him healthy and back on the court in his old form next season because he is not going anywhere — he has three years and $24.2 million left on his contract (although he can be bought out of the last year of that deal cheaply).