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Ilgauskas' feelings are hurt. Cue violin music.

Mar 4, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

Poor Zydrunas Ilgauskas. After a dozen years in the NBA, he was traded by a team that desperately wants — needs — him back, but the sting of that brief separation may be too much.

That’s what his agent is selling, anyway.

Ilgauskas has drawn interest from several other teams, including the Atlanta Hawks. (Big Z’s agent Herb) Rudoy said Ilgauskas is weighing his options and that the 34-year-old has mixed feelings.

“He’s got a big emotional investment in Cleveland, in the city and the team,” Rudoy said. “On the other hand, he was not happy to be used as a pawn in the trade…”

“He loves the fans of
Cleveland and I know how much the Cavaliers mean to him. But again, he was not
happy to be a pawn. It was really disappointing.”

And the world’s smallest violin begins to play…

Big Z is thinking things over in his nice, cushy second home in New York. He still has his place in Cleveland. All quite affordable because he’s been pulling in an NBA paycheck for 12 years, all tolled having made more than $112 million. To play basketball.

So you got traded once. This is a business, first and foremost, and while you matter to the team Antwan Jamison brings more to the table. Still, Cleveland wants you back. The team GM flew to your home to kiss your a#$. Then a bunch of players came by to kiss your a#$. You’re wanted. You’re loved. Tell your agent to stop making you seem spoiled, and just agree to a deal with Cleveland like we all know you will.

  1. kobama - Mar 4, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Kurt,
    I’m surprised that you didn’t add that his agent is obviously trying to drive up his price for the Cavs. By saying “he is hurt” and might take contract of equal value from, say, ATL, then the Cavs might for over a bit more (although, I guess that depends what exceptions they have available…is it anything above the vet min?). When you were at FB and G you’d always remind people that leaks, quotes, etc. all have a motivation…
    Anyway, keep up the good work. You guys are great over here.

  2. cleveland_collector - Mar 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Amen, brutha’. Z, Cleveland and the Cavs both love your spoiled a$$. Sign the deal, tell your agent to shut up, and come back and win a championship.

  3. bigjay - Mar 4, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    cleveland aint winning a dam thing, as much as the nba and david stern try to help them. it would be lovely for that trade to backfire on danny ferry though. real sweet actually. because without Z they have zero percent chance of even coming out the east!

  4. Jim "Bob" - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Who cares about the NBA League of Tattoos & Thugs…it’s March madness time

  5. coach g - Mar 4, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Kurt, Z has much more class than you do.

  6. John R - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    i don’t think you fully understand the situation. yes, the cavs paid Z and it’s a business. but the cavs treated Z like crap this year: they gave shaq the starting job to appease shaq’s ego without giving Z a chance, despite Z being a key player on the lineup that won 65+ games last year; they benched him exactly one time in his career — on the night he was supposed to break the record for games played and had friends and family fly in to be there; then they traded him (fine) but everyone called the trade one-sided and a total steal (not okay). z has always played with pride and class, and taking a cold “business” approach is beneath him.

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