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Ilgauskas picks up player option

Jun 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, veteran Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has decided to pick up his $1.4 million player option for next season.

Ilgauskas started 51 games for the Heat last season, but was extremely ineffective in the playoffs and was essentially benched against Boston, Chicago, and Dallas. After the season, there had been some speculation that the 36-year old Ilgauskas would retire, but it appears he wants to play next season, or at least collect the money he’s owed in his contract.

It seems unlikely that Ilgauskas is a part of the Heat’s future plans at center after his disastrous playoffs, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Heat waive Ilgauskas before the season starts.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Great! As long as he eats Heat cap room, I’m all for it.

  2. savocabol1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    If Big Z is waived, does that mean he still gets the money?

    Just curious to how something like that works.

  3. Nadeem - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Yes, because he is contractually obligated to get the $$

  4. jjstrokes - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Yes, with the NBA’s current C.B.A. most veteran contracts are fully guaranteed….. But it is common for 1 or 2 year league-minimum contracts to be either partially guaranteed or not guaranteed at all (mainly for rookie 2nd rounders or undrafted players new to the league)

  5. trbowman - Jun 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    One more year!

  6. readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    for some reason i think if Lebron wanted the team to not waive him they wouldn’t, isn’t that the whole reason Miami signed Ilgauskas in the first place? because Lebron wanted to play with him.

    • goforthanddie - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      They signed him because they needed a C who would play for peanuts. They still do.

    • savocabol1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM

      Lebron actively recruited for Z. If Z wanted to go somewhere for money he would have gone to Dallas who wanted him bad. Z was a sort of mentor to Lebron so he chose to go to Miami with him.

  7. royistheboy - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    They should buy him out and he can sign a 10-day contract and retire with the Cavs

    • savocabol1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM

      I see some sort of scenario happening like this eventually. There is no doubt he will retire a Cav.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    Bet you Heats managment groaned and slapped thier forehead when he did that! LOL! Way to stick it to them Z!

  9. sguy2130 - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Good payback for Z. They didn’t play him when it mattered, he’ll still get paid and likely get waived. Nice retirement package for doing nothing.

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