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Heat adding Zydrunas Ilgauskas to roster. Collection of old, slow but skilled bigs continues.

Jul 13, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

Ilgauskas.jpgKind of hard to picture Big Z in any uniform but Cleveland’s. But the tough week for that city continues.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is going to sign a deal to join the Miami Heat, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Terms of the deal are not yet public.

Along with Juwan Howard, Ilgauskas becomes the second older big man the Heat have locked up in 24 hours. Both are pretty slow at this point, but both also have some shooting skills and a few veteran tricks up their sleeves. Be warned, though Big Z saw considerable fall of in his game last year, with his shooting percentage falling 30 points and his rebounding and other numbers dropping as well. Still, he can give the heat some decent minutes and be a big body in the paint they need to defend the rim.

With the Superfriends in place, these kind of signings are what is left for the Heat, and if these guys can stay healthy it is a big boost.

Length of the deal is the big question, Big Z will turn 36 next season. That didn’t stop the Lakers from giving Derek Fisher a three-year deal, but that doesn’t mean the Heat should replicate that effort.

  1. JD - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    New money? I don’t know how to break this to you, but the upcoming season, 2010-2011, will be the highest cap the Heat will ever have. The “Big Three” salary will only go up from here…and let’s not forget about that opt-out that they all have in 2014. No, this team is built for a championship run for the next 3 years.
    For the sake of the Knicks-Heat “rivalry”, I do hope that the Knicks are able to bring Carmelo and CP3 or Tony Parker into the fold next year, 2011-2012 season, to make it that much harder for the Eastern Conference winner.

  2. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    tony tony tony, as a basketball fan, the lakers are NOT trying to keep up with the heat as a matter of fact the heat are so desparate tehy had to try and get dfish, they failed, so now they are going out and getting every bargain basement dweller available good luck with that lol, and just an fyi the lakers were going after raja bell before heat signed anyone, so reality check heat are going to be playing catchup with lakers bulls celtics, basically any tema that has a REAL team

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