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By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor

After getting one Atlanta Hawk to sign with the Sixers after the Trade Deadline, former Hawk power forward Ersan Ilyasova has officially re-signed with the Sixers following the waiving of Trevor Booker.

Ilyasova, 30, has played in 46 games this season, posting averages of 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. Adding a guy like Ersan would further improve a Sixers bench that has struggled for the majority of the season.

Ilyasova spent time with the Sixers last season after being acquired with a first-round in exchange for Jerami Grant. Ersan served as a mentor for Dario Saric last season, and "The Homie" has been one of the Sixers' best players this seasonThe Sixers ended up trading Ilyasova to the Hawks before the trade deadline in February 2017 for Tiago Splitter and two second-round picks, one that was traded away and the other used to select draft-and-stash big man Mathias Lessort.

He also played extremely well with Joel Embiid last season, and will fill a special role when Saric comes out of the game, stretching the floor and becoming another shooting option for the Sixers with Embiid. Having two former Atlanta Hawks shooters be the anchors on the bench will really help stabilize the second team. Two guys that already know how to play with one another.

The 30-year-old native of Turkey signed a one-year, $6 million deal in July with Atlanta and was apparently shopped around the deadline, but never expressed an urge to leave the Hawks. That  seemed to change over the last few days, when reports surfaced of the Hawks nearing a buyout with Ersan. 


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