Ersan Ilyasova said he wants to stay with Anadolu Efes Istanbul the entire season and has no intention to return to the NBA when lockout ends. The player is under contract with Milwaukee Bucks and is obliged to return to USA when the new CBA will be signed.
"I want to stay with Anadolu Efes for the whole year. I hope there is a FIBA rule which would allow me to play the season in Turkey and Efes to keep me. We will fight for TBL and Euroleague. Our goal for the season is to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul. We know we are in a very tough group in Euroleague but we have to go step-by-step" said Ilyasova, as reported by Salsabasket.