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Heat’s Riley expects Ilgauskas, Jones, and House to return

Jun 24, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

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According to multiple sources, Heat president Pat Riley said earlier today that he expects veteran swingman James Jones and veteran guard Eddie House to pick up their player options for next season, which are worth a combined $2.66 million next season. Riley also said that he expects veteran center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who has already picked up his player option for next season, not to retire, saying that he believes Ilgauskas has “a lot left in the tank.”

Jones, a three-point specialist, had a great year for the Heat, as he knocked down his threes, played good positional defense, and almost never made a mistake on the court. Jones’ play allowed the Heat to deal with Mike Miller‘s ineffectiveness during the regular season, but Jones was essentially benched in favor of Miller for most of the Conference Finals and all of the NBA Finals.

House, another three-point specialist, played spot minutes for the Heat as a backup point guard, appearing in 56 regular season games and seven postseason games for the Heat. House averaged 6.5 points per game in the regular season, and 1.6 points in the postseason.

Ilgauskas started more than half of the Heat’s regular-season games at center, but was essentially out of the playoff rotation after struggling mightily on defense in the nine playoff games he appeared in.

  1. trueballs - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Z….I love you…but just go home. LeBron will gladly write you a check for $1.3 million.

  2. goforthanddie - Jun 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Yeah Pat, Z is all gassed up and ready to stop.

  3. coltsfanindc - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    why in the Hell would we bring Eddie “jack it up soon as u get the ball” Jones back?? Pat I hope u know what ur doing.

    • thestudiokida - Jun 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      I agree. Eddie House shoots a great % when he sets his feet and takes a jumper but he rushes to shoot so fast that most of the time he’s fading or leaning one way or the other. He can’t get off a shot fast enough. It may have worked in limited minutes for the Celtics but he’s well past his prime now. Time to cut him loose.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 25, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      colts fan in dc… and you’re a heat fan too?

  4. md23rewlz - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Every team needs multiple corpses to…um…be there and contribute minimally? **shrug**

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