Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  13 responses

Big Z Contemplating Retirement

Zydrunas knows that his time in the League is almost at an end. In fact, this could be his last go-around: “Ilgauskas, 34, is getting close to the end of the line. His contract expires at the end of this season, and he told FanHouse he might retire next summer. ‘This [season] could be it,’ Ilgauskas said. ‘I don’t know … Injuries. Everything else. I’m not a spring chicken any more. So we’ll see how I feel [after the season].”’

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  • NUPE

    Big Z coming off the bench can extend his career by 3 years and will def help his performance since he can dominate most #2 big men. Spliting time with Shaq will really help Shaq stay healthy too.

  • neaorin

    Send the big fella into retirement with a ring.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    If this is his last year, then the Cavs better make it special by winning it all. That, or just send him to SA or LA. lol

  • rog123

    Dudes been through a lot and never complains to the media about anything. Very underrated and very talented big man

  • ClydeSays

    I’d say injuries robbed him of much of what should have been his prime. That & playing with a bunch of losing Cavs lineups where Ricky Davis was the best player.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Whenever I see him play, he’s always making those mid-range jumpers and killing the big men. He could still be serviceable off the bench for a lot of teams. I think he knows that, but saying he might retire could generate some “please come play for us” offers.

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    Cavs’ front line after this season will be very post-championship Heat.

  • sab

    when WAS he a spring chicken?

  • rog123

    If he does retire and cle doesn’t try and replace him, james might not stick around.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    rog123, I don’t think that Ilgauskas is the deciding factor in James’s free agency…

  • rog123

    Well moose, think about it. If big z is out, who will be his replacement? Andy? Hickson? Because I feel like shaq doesn’t really wanna be in cleveland

  • penny

    if i remember correctly, when Z was a free agent a few years back, james wanted the cavs to sign curry over Z? ain’t he glad cavs kept Z? reflecting – Z’s been totally underrated… bring back eric snow to give him more touches off the bench!

  • Justin

    What do you mean who will be his replacement? Are they not allowed to sign or trade for a big man in the summer?