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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 3:25 pm  |  8 responses

Zydrunas Ilgauskas Hired By the Cavs as Special Assistant to GM


One of the most beloved players in Cavaliers history is taking his talents to Cleveland‘s front-office. Big Z, who recently retired, is a member of the Cavs once again. Per the team website: “The Cleveland Cavaliers today announced that Zydrunas Ilgauskas is joining the team’s front office as Special Assistant to the General Manager. The announcement was made today by Cavs General Manager Chris Grant. In his role as Special Assistant to the General Manager, Ilgauskas will be involved with front office responsibilities, including evaluation of amateur and professional prospects. ‘We are very pleased to have Z begin the next phase of his basketball career with the Cavaliers and I am looking forward to working closely with him. Z has always had a great desire to learn and succeed and he already has a deep understanding and appreciation of the game and the NBA. We are extremely happy to welcome him back as part of our franchise,’ said Grant. [...] ‘I am really excited to come back to the Cavaliers, a team that I have so much history with and contributing to our future success,’ said Ilgauskas. ‘I’m also looking forward to learning more about this game that I love so much and working with Chris Grant and the rest of the organization in every way that I can.’”

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  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Most people figured that Big Z would find his way back into the Cavs organization. I’m not sure if this role really makes sense for him or not, but I suppose emotionally a good thing for/to Cavs fans.

  • neaorin

    This was something of an unspoken promise when he left the team. Hopefully he can be of help with scouting.

  • T-Money

    i find it weird that the cavs do not feel betrayed by big z. i mean… he went to miami and align with public enemy #1 to chase a ring. he was also almost defiant in his comments last year saying that he didn’t feel sorry for the cavs at all and this was a business. he also still lives in miami and has no plans to move in the immediate future to relocate full time in cleveland. i don’t care about players’ loyalty (just as franchises do not care about loyalty to players) but cleveland fans obviously do – what am i missing?

  • bike

    Cleveland wants him to promote the new team slogan “Cleveland, where shi* happens”.

  • neaorin

    Big Z didn’t betray the Cavs in any way, the Cavs didn’t offer him a contract. He was free to go anywhere he wanted, and Miami made a lot of sense for him as a player. If anything it was the Cavs who traded him… so there was no reason at all to feel sorry. He never promised to stay and deliver a championship, he never quit, he didn’t hold a one hour special to announce his departure.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^ cosign neorin.
    welcome back ZZZZZZZZZZ….

  • Jose

    I Really wish Z had gotten a Ring. . .

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I don’t know why more retired players don’t get cushy jobs like this so they don’t go broke. Allan Houston has been a “special assistant” in NY for YEARS. No one knows what he does, but he gets great seats to every game and a paycheck.

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