Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  10 responses

Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ Return to Cavs Imminent

As the Akron Beacon Journal reports, Big Z and Cleveland are now just going through the final negotiation steps before he dons a Cavs uniform again: “Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and the Cavaliers were close to a deal on Monday night for Ilgauskas to return to the team. Herb Rudoy, Ilgauskas’ agent, said he expected things to go very smoothly and just had to iron out a couple of minor things with Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry. The Cavs have two contract options for signing the team’s all-time leading rebounder — the veteran’s minimum, worth about $1.3 million, and the biannual exception, worth $1.99 million. Ilgauskas is expected to sign for the latter at a pro-rated amount for the rest of the season. He could have asked for a multiyear deal that would cover next season. After talking about potential retirement near the beginning of the season, Ilgauskas reversed course and stated that he would welcome the chance to come back for at least one more season, but decided against asking for that with this deal. ‘He wants to see what happens this year,’ Rudoy said. Ilgauskas’ return complicates the Cavs’ roster situation, leaving them to ponder who to release to reach the league maximum of 15 players.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Been interesting to watch how well they’ve played without both their bigs, and should be even more interesting to see what they’ll look like with a rested Z and Shaq back in the lineup. How well Brown works those guys back into the rotation might decide how far they go.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    I’m glad Z is coming back. From all reports both Z and Shaq have been working out and look to be in better shape now than before. So when the best team in the L get’s two (rested) bigs back, that gives MB a great problem to deal with. Although getting Z/Shaq in game shape will be a bit of a challenge.

  • BackInBlack

    they didnt lose any player in the deal. what a steal

  • BackInBlack

    they didnt lose any player in the deal. what a steal

  • LA Huey

    “return complicates the Cavs’ roster situation” Is Darnell Jackson too intertwined with their championship hopes to let go?

  • LA Huey

    Oh yeah. Welcome back, Z. And hook me up with some DVDs!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Vats up LeBron

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Why not release this LeBron James guy? It’s not like he’s going to add to the team?

  • Joey E.

    i hate this

  • Michael Scorn

    Has a team ever done this and win a championsip in the same season?