Jazz interested in Ilgauskas

Ross Sitler

With Zydrunas Ilgauskas reaching agreement on a contract buyout with
Washington, Ilgauskas’ agent, Herb Rudoy , said Thursday that the Jazz
have expressed interest in signing the veteran center.

The Jazz have a roster spot to fill following the Feb. 18 trade that sent Ronnie Brewer to Memphis. Rudoy said Ilgauskas was waiting until he clears waivers to start discussing the next step of signing with a team.

Ilgauskas has spent his entire 12-year career with Cleveland and is widely expected to return to the Cavaliers, who traded him to Washington in acquiring Antawn Jamison . The 34-year-old Ilgauskas has averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.

Rudoy acknowledged that Ilgauskas has a "huge investment emotionally in the Cavaliers and that’s part of what’s factoring into this thing."

Should he sign with Cleveland, Ilgauskas would have to sit out for 30 days before being eligible to return, though he could play immediately by signing with another team. Rudoy was asked about Ilgauskas’ interest in the Jazz.

"He knows the league and he knows every team after all these years," Rudoy said. "He’s going to make the decision that’s best for himself. They are a terrific team with a great coach."

Along with Cleveland and Utah, Atlanta, Dallas and Denver reportedly are interested in signing Ilgauskas. The Jazz are expected to consider a host of players around the league who already have or will be bought out by Monday.


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