Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  24 responses

Will NBA Stop Big Z’s Return to Cleveland?

A report claims that the L will not allow Ilgauskas to don a Cav uniform this season again if they find out some kind of pre-arrangement was made between the two parties. Naturally, it’s something the Big Z camp denies categorically: “Zydrunas Ilgauskas’s agent, Herb Rudoy, is still speaking with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld in hopes of working out a buyout agreement in the next few days. Ilgauskas won’t wear a Wizards No. 17 jersey, but there is speculation that the NBA won’t allow Ilgauskas to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, either. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the NBA has told teams that the league won’t let Ilgauskas go back to Cleveland based on evidence of a prearranged deal. When asked about the suspicions of a wink-and-nod agreement between Ilgauskas and the Cavaliers, Rudoy sent a text message that read: ‘There is absolutely no truth to it. Ernie and I are still working on a buyout!’ The Wizards don’t have to do a buyout for Ilgauskas, since they already have dipped under luxury tax territory. They certainly have the leverage to get the kind of financial relief they desire from Ilgauskas, who already received $600,000 from his trade kicker. Rudoy told Yahoo! Sports that he expects the two sides to agree on a buyout ‘Monday or Tuesday.”‘

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  • zabba

    Big Z denied!

  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    I love how its L.A. thats reporting this when the 2 cities are Cleveland and D.C.

  • http://www.twitter.com/NotebookNick NotebookNick

    I don’t see why not, it’s happened in past for other teams.

  • Brickshooting J

    Not that long ago, the NBA allowed the Celtics do exactly the same thing with Gary Payton, and it allowed the Mavs do exactly the same thing with Jerry Stackhouse. I can’t see why they wouldn’t let the Cavs so it now. I mean, let the rules be the same for everyone. If the rules suck, just let’s change them.

  • When I lose this gut I’m gonna cross you up

    ^^^yes, hence this article

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Brickshooting J: Correction, Stack did NOT get bought out and come back to the Mavericks… he was suppose to, but he ran his mouth, and the NBA blocked it.
    However, the NBA’s lovechild, the San Antonio Spurs, have done this twice within the decade. So I’d be PO’d if the NBA doesn’t allow this.

  • Jack Knife

    Does anyone think LeBron will sign with New York this summer?

  • J.C.

    being a lakers fan i’d normally be happy if the NBA didn’t let cleveland pick up antawn jamison for virtually nothing, but if anyone deserves a ring it’s Z. always loved that guy for some reason. i don’t think they should disallow it.

  • JoeMaMa

    Here’s how we know they didn’t have a prearranged deal: If Z doesn’t resign with the Cavs. Let’s be honest: if he does, there was a deal. Lebron would be more pissed off, Z would be in the cameras crying, blah blah blah. Lebron knows he’s coming back, Z does, you do, I do…there was a deal, and it’s a joke.
    Move over, Larry Bird rule. The new CBA is calling for a Z rule!!!

  • neaorin

    Shoddy reporting work to say the least, and from LA of all places. David Stern would void the trade completely at the slightest evidence of a prearranged deal. Also, I love the fact that there was no uproar last season when McDyess went back to Detroit after the Chauncey – AI deal. I guess the LA crowd didn’t think the Pistons were that much of a threat.

  • T-Money

    The Stackhouse situation is different, the NBA blocked the trade. There is no way the NBA can prevent Z from returning to the Cavs unless they can prove that a deal was pre-arranged. That’s why Ferry didn’t want to give Z (or even LeBron) an heads up on the trade. Z is already back in Cleveland chilling.

  • Yesse

    Well as much as a want Z to return to Cleveland i still think it would be unfair. I wouldnt be surprised if he isnt allowed to return.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Big Z has been so loyal to the cavs for so long. then hes dealt to a sh*t team… Kinda reminds me of Ewing to sonics ( but at least the sonics were decent at that time)


    Danny Ferry is extremely good at handling trades and generally doing things. I am absolutely confident that he followed all the rules in trading Z. There was no prearrangement for a buyout and re-sign, at least not one that anyone could ever prove. If there had been even the hint of such, the league would not have approved the trade. The rules allow it and there is no reanon to stop it. Z deserves to play and retire with the Cavs and the Cavs deserve Big Z.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Maybe the league is thinking in terms of ending this trend altogether. Just like tanking, they need to address this seemingly unfair business dealings.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    If there is any proof that there was a pre-arrangement then the L should block this. However, if there is no proof, then they need to let it happen. Prior to this trade the general feeling was that the Cavs wanted a deal where they could get him back. So it’s no surprise that there is a question as to what what determined ahead of time or not. Personally I’d really like to see Z back with the Cavs, but the situation does smell funny. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what the L comes up with in terms of evidence.

  • bnets

    This is stupid, do it after da season is over. Every great team has done this and now they are just being hippocrites.Big Z to Cavs lets go

  • T-Money

    Why is it the first time that this is being brought up though? Because he’s a more valuable piece to his team? I don’t recall other coaches crying when McDyess, Payton or Brent Barry returned to their teams. I can’t even call it a loop hole, guys have been coming back to their teams for years. Grunfeld and Ferry know what time it is, do you think they’d be stupid enough to get a wink-wink deal in writing after Kevin McHale got caught? And, most importantly, Z can do whatever he wants. It is assumed that he’ll get back to Cleveland but, if he wanted to, he could go to Denver, Dallas or ATL. For that reason alone, it would be impossible to prove an arrangement because it’s not up to Cleveland or Washington that he goes back to the Cavs. From a legal standpoint, there is no basis whatsoever for the NBA to block that. Stack was just plain stupid and said before the deal went down that he was looking for a 30-day vacay. Entirely different circumstances.

  • roman

    Why is it that you feel L.A. is threatened by this. We could careless what the Lehype and the CAVS are doing.

  • RedRum

    This is a non-story. The NBA announced that they would/could not block it. I am sure there are some really thick agents/GMs out there, but I am sure that no one is so thick to do an over under the table deal…

  • Qadri

    I hope Z goes back to cleveland. he needs to. the team looks empty without him.

  • Shem

    I don’t see this happening seeing how stern WANTS a cavs/lakers finals. They shouldn’t be allowed to deny this. Coming into the season all teams knew that this rule was in effect so now that it’s happening for a team with a good team it’s all of a sudden banned? If they want it changed, switch it during the offseason

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    This is bullsh!t, no one gave a f*ck when McDyess was doing this last season yet when a player on a contender does it they got their panties in a bunch.
    You scared motherfu(ka, you scared.

  • LCD Screen Cleaner

    NOTE: If the league does block the “deal”, they’re hurting Z more than the Cavs. That’s why I think they’ll let it slide one last time.