Published: Sun, February 26, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

76ers, Hawks swap Ilyasova, Splitter

The Hawks have dealt Tiago Splitter plus two second-round draft picks to the Sixers in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova, the Vertical reported. In addition to getting two second-rounders out of Atlanta, Colangelo also acquired Splitter, a 6-foot-11 big man who is yet to play this season due to injuries.

The Hawks will also send one second round pick to the Sixers, along with the rights to swap a 2017 second round pick.

"He's a high-character, proven veteran who we've liked for many years and believe fits well within our system, " said Hawks coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer in a statement released by the team.

The Hawks sit in the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference exiting the All-Star break.

The 76ers are 13th in the East, ahead of only Orlando and Brooklyn.

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Financially, this move doesn't damage either team, as both players are on expiring deals worth similar money. Splitter is playing just 16 minutes per game, scoring six points and pulling down three rebounds. The trade to Atlanta is his fifth.

Ilyasova, who can become a free agent after the season, was traded with a 2020 first-round pick by Oklahoma City to the 76ers for Jerami Grant on November 1, 2016.

Ilyasova has been solid since he was added to the Sixers roster at the beginning of the season, but it's clear Philadelphia is still in "process" mode.

Splitter is now injured, dealing with a calf injury, and he's not going to immediately be available to the 76ers.

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