Hawks trade Tiago Splitter, draft picks to Sixers for Ersan Ilyasova

The Hawks sent center Tiago Splitter to the 76ers, and Philadelphia also got a second-round pick (originally from the Miami Heat) and the right to swap other 2017 second-round selections with Atlanta.

With a 32-24 record, Atlanta is just half a game behind the fourth-seed Toronto Raptors, who have also made a splash in trading for Serge Ibaka. "We are excited to welcome Ersan", said Hawks coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer. Among the teams that have reportedly pulled off deals include the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers as well as the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets.

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"Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture", 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said. Splitter has played sparingly in a limited backup role this season, suiting up in 36 games while averaging 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. It becomes the second time this season Ilyasova has been traded, as he was acquired by Philadelphia from the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 1.

Far more important than his stats, however, is the fact that he, like Ilyasova, will be a free agent after the year and thus won't impact the Sixers' ability to sign free agents this summer. Splitter started the year inactive due to a hamstring strain, before being ruled out for six weeks around Thanksgiving following a calf strain.

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