Utah Jazz to sign veteran shooter Ersan Ilyasova for frontcourt depth

Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova, left, of Turkey, drives as Minnesota Timberwolves' Jake Layman defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The Utah Jazz are set to sign veteran big man Ersan Ilyasova to a pro-rated veteran’s minimum contract for the remainder of the season, a league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Salt Lake Tribune.

ESPN’s Jordan Schultz was the first to report the news.

The contract is expected to become official on Wednesday after Ilyasova clears COVID-19 protocols.

The 6-foot-10 native of Turkey has played 12 seasons in the NBA and has career averages of 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 23.3 minutes per game, while shooting 44.4% from the field and 36.5% from 3-point range.

Ilyasova has not yet played in the NBA in the 2020-21 campaign. Last season, he appeared in 63 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 46.6% from the field and 36.5% from deep.

He is expected to provide the Jazz some frontcourt depth and another shooting option among their bigs. Utah had a roster spot to fill to get to the NBA-mandated 14 players after previously releasing guard Shaquille Harrison.