Ilgauskas' agent says the center plans on rejoining Cleveland

By Mary Schmitt Boyer, The Plain Dealer

In a move sure to delight Cavaliers fans, Zydrunas Ilgauskas has
announced his intentions to rejoin the team and has asked agent Herb
Rudoy to begin negotiations with the Cavs on March 22, the first date
he can do so.

"It is Zydrunas’ desire to return to the Cavaliers if a suitable
contract can be agreed upon," Rudoy said in an e-mail to reporters. "He
has been overwhelmed and deeply touched by the outpouring of support
and affection by the fans and by his teammates. He hopes to return to
bring a championship to the Cavaliers and to the city of Cleveland."

Ilgauskas, 34, a first-round draft choice in 1996 who overcame a series of foot injuries to become the team’s all-time leader in games played, rebounds and blocked shots, was traded to Washington on Feb. 17 in the deal that brought Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair to the Cavs.

The Wizards then bought out Ilgauskas’ contract, and he cleared waivers and became a free agent Monday. The Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks were among the teams seeking his services, along with Cleveland. The Cavs have been without a true center since Shaquille O’Neal sprained his right thumb at Boston on Feb. 25.

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