Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks close to deal

Updated: July 9, 2012, 12:15 AM ET
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The Milwaukee Bucks are close to a deal with free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova.

"We are engaged in free-agent negotiations with Ersan Ilyasova," Bucks general manager John Hammond said in a statement released Sunday night. "We intend to enter into a player contract with Ersan once the moratorium period has ended."

Ilyasova's agent, Tolga Tugsavul, told basketball website HoopsHype.com that the four-year veteran is on the verge of agreeing to a five-year deal worth $45 million.

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