Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  9 responses

Zydrunas Ilgauskas ‘on the Fence’ About Retirement

Big Z hasn’t figured out what he’ll do next, but if he decides to stick around the NBA, Ilgauskas says the Miami Heat are likely his only option. The Sun-Sentinel reports: “Just because Miami Heat backup center Zydrunas Ilgauskas recently exercised his player option for 2011-12 doesn’t mean he’s definitely planning to return for a 14th season in the NBA. Retirement is still a possibility with the NBA lockout just beginning. ‘If I play, it will be in Miami,’ Big Z told me Tuesday night at Sun Life Stadium, before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Phillies-Marlins game. ‘Right now I’m just kind of on the fence.’ Exercising his contact option for $1.4 million was a way of buying time, Ilgauskas said as he watched batting practice with his two young sons, Deividas and Povilas. ‘I just want to keep my options open,’ he said. ‘Nobody knows what’s going to happen with the season. I figure we’ll take it one day at a time, see how my back is.’ Heat President Pat Riley recently expressed surprise that retirement had even been discussed in relation to the 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas, a former two-time All-Star center. However, their year-end chat centered around that decision-making process.”

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  • Jeremy

    Why doesn’t he take his talents to the Florida Seniors League’s instead wasting a roster spot on an NBA team. Most annoying looking player in the NBA imo

  • Gaz



    Somewhere Pat Riley is losing sleep. SMHlol

  • Homie

    Insert favorite Humpty Dumpty joke here

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He should sign a 1 year on a contender. =)

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    the fact that he missed a few years with injury would make me think he’d want to play a bit longer.

  • greg

    i know he wasnt ideal to play in that situation, but miami really dissed him in the playoffs. he needs to go to a team that actually wants him and not just a tall guy

  • http://Yahoo! Spagett

    As long as he keeps his tanning salon membership I don’t care what he does.