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Suitors line up for Ilgauskas, waste their time

Feb 26, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

Ilgauskas.jpgIt’s a disturbing analogy to think of Zydrunas Ilgauskas as the sexy woman at the bar everyone is trying to hit on (good luck getting that image out of your head). But it’s the truth. Teams are lining up to use their best pickup line on the veteran center after he was waived by the Wizards.

And everyone in the bar knows he’s going home with LeBron anyway.

The Mavericks have made their pitch to Big Z and his suddenly-popular agent Herb Rudoy.  So have the Hawks. Also in the bidding will be Denver and the Utah Jazz (and maybe more, David Aldridge said on TNT last night seven teams may make a bid).

What do those first four teams have in common? They likely need another big man to make a serious title run (and match up with the Lakers/Celtics/Magic/Cavaliers). Denver coach George Karl keeps saying Denver is “about half a player short” of the Lakers. He and the other coaches look at the 7’3″ Big Z and see more than the half a player they need.

Doesn’t matter. Off the record everybody admits Ilgauskas is going back to Cleveland. That’s who drafted him and where he has played 13 years. That’s the city he calls home and where he is invested in the community. That’s the place the fans have an unnatural affinity for him.

That’s where Ilgauskas wants to win a title. And that’s the reason none o the other teams stand a chance.

  1. Chris - Feb 26, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I hope you’re right… we need Z back in CLE!

  2. coach g - Feb 26, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Z is an excellent center who does amazing things on the court every time he suits up. Shaq and Z have very different skills and abilities. Shaq accelerates early foul trouble for teams with pretty fair bigs like D-How? and Z especially with good rest helps end games with blocked and altered shots, great foul shooting, and dagger shooting.
    Mike Brown is probably Cleveland’s weak link as he will play out his religion of trying to play only 7 or 8 players as playoffs begin. He will exhaust those 8, and defeat the very concept and rationale of having a deep, deep team. Do you notice with the Cavs going like 13 in a row with D Gibson starting – because they passed and passed and passed, Brown is back to rotting Gibson on the bench, we are watching Williams and West dribble the shot clock away, and there are many times we have to struggle for lack of a deadeye 3 shooter on the floor?
    Did you see Hickson and Moon open the big can of whoopazz after Brown had them benched. Hopefully LBJ and Shaq will be heard and we will go into playoff battle with every player being used and respected.
    Z, get back soon, we need you!!!!

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