NBA would not ban Ilgauskas' return to Cleveland: Cavaliers Insider
Mary Schmitt Boyer, The Plain Dealer
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — A high-ranking NBA source denied a report that
the league would prevent Zydrunas Ilgauskas from returning to the
Cavaliers if he is bought out by the Washington Wizards.
The source, who requested anonymity because the league typically does not comment on what is essentially a personnel matter, told The Plain Dealer there was no truth to a report from the Los Angeles Times claiming the NBA would try to block Ilgauskas’ return because the deal was previously agreed upon by the teams.
There has been no evidence of any such agreement.
"There was no prior agreement with the Cavs, and there is no possible reason to prevent Z from returning to the Cavs if he decides to do so," said agent Herb Rudoy, who represents Ilgauskas. "We are not finished with the buyout and Z is considering all of his many options."
Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry did not respond to a request for comment.
Ilgauskas, the Cavs’ all-time leader in games played, rebounds and blocked shots, was sent to Washington last week as part of the deal that brought forward Antawn Jamison to Cleveland. Rudoy has said several teams have expressed interest in Ilgauskas, who could be released in the next day or two. Though Rudoy did not name the teams, Dallas and Denver are believed to be among them.