Jun 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT
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.
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