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Big Z, Cavs make it official

Mar 23, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

UPDATE 3:18 pm: Ilgauskas.jpgAnd it’s official, Ilgauskas is back in Cleveland as a Cavalier.

“If I would’ve left and the team won a championship without me,” he
said, “I don’t think I could’ve ever forgave myself.”

He’s right. After all he’s meant to that franchise, he needs to be around for a title. Now comes that pesky little problem of winning one.

10:01 am: It’s official, Zydrunas Ilgauskas will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers this morning, returning to the only team that he has ever played for.

In other shocking news, the economy stinks, health care bills are divisive, Toyota has some image problems and Ellen DeGeneres is a terrible fit on American Idol.

Brian Windhorst broke the story on his all-seeing twitter account. But this was expected from the moment Ilgauskas was included in a trade that brought Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers. The buyout and return was never an official part of the deal, but everyone knew it was happening. A change in rules may come this summer — or as part of the new CBA — to stop this little trade/buyout/return move from happnin.

For now, the Cavs need Big Z back, as they have been losing big men like the team was based in Portland. With Shaquille O’Neal out after thumb surgery, Ilgauskas should get a lot of minutes early. Once he learns all those new plays.

  1. Dave S - Mar 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Now, the return of “Z” is great for Cleveland fans…..He was always a favorite here and when I heard he was traded I was upset about it. Here’s a player that never complained about anything. He never held out on contract talks like some do and he always gave 100% to the game. I’m very happy now and I want to say “Welcome Back To Cleveland Big Z”. He knows the system fairly well and will not have much of a problem adapting to the new plays. As he said, “Cleveland is his home” and I appreciate the fact he will probably retire from the Cavs when his playing days are over and give back to the community in his own special way.!!!

  2. Sguy2130 - Mar 23, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    I can’t wait to see the ovation he gets on Sunday at home. Welcome home Z.

  3. J.S. - Mar 23, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I’m pretty sure that last line was sarcasm…

  4. Michael HH - Mar 23, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    We needed him back now we got him we some beast championship title here we come!

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