HoopsHype Zydrunas Ilgauskas rumors

September 30, 2012 Updates

Q: Hey, Mary: Since it will be a year since Zydrunas Ilgauskas retired from the NBA, do the Cavs have any plans to retire his No. 11 in the near future? -- Mike L., North Royalton A: Hey, Mike: It is definitely going to happen, but all parties are working to find exactly the right time. No date has been set. Cleveland Plain Dealer

July 15, 2012 Updates

The year was 1996. The Cavs needed "bigs" in the worst way and had two first-round picks — Nos. 12 and 20. They had settled on Wright State's Vitaly Potapenko at 12 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas at 20. In hindsight, Z was a much better player, but that's an argument for another day. Before the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers were calling teams in the lottery and inquiring about moving up. They found a taker in the then-Charlotte Hornets, who had the 13th overall pick, who agreed to deal their pick for Lakers center Vlade Divac. The Lakers offered the same deal to the Cavs, sources say, but were turned down. The Hornets drafted Lower Merion (Pa.) High School star Kobe Bryant and dealt him to the Lakers. News-Herald

June 5, 2012 Updates
April 28, 2012 Updates

Scott said earlier in the season that Ilgauskas would spend time this summer and in training camp working with Tristan Thompson, but both Scott and Grant said on Friday that isn’t true. “Z doesn’t want to coach,” Scott said. “Jamahl [Mosley] has done an excellent job with Tristan. He’s our big man coach.” Akron Beacon Journal

March 6, 2012 Updates
January 29, 2012 Updates

On the eve of the 2010 trade deadline, the Cavaliers were embroiled in trade talks with the Phoenix Suns. According to sources, the Cavs were offering forward J.J. Hickson, center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and their first-round pick to the Suns for All-Star forward/center Amar'e Stoudemire. Rumors surfaced all over the league the deal was nixed because then-Cavs general manager Danny Ferry wouldn't part with the promising Hickson. Let's set the record straight: It was the Suns who vetoed the trade. News-Herald

January 22, 2012 Updates

It’s only a matter of time before the Cavaliers retire former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 jersey. One operative said it’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when. It will happen, probably this season some time. No ceremony has been scheduled for the special assistant to general manager Chris Grant. The Cavs haven’t had any discussions yet regarding the event, but they’ll eventually schedule it. They’ll have to make sure the schedules of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, Grant, Ilgauskas and his family line up. Ilgauskas’ two adopted sons are going to school in the Miami area. “We didn’t talk about any of the specifics,” Ilgauskas said recently. “If that day will come, it will be a big honor and a great accomplishment.” Morning Journal

January 21, 2012 Updates

It's only a matter of time before the Cavaliers retire former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey. One team official said it's not a matter of if. It's a matter of when. News-Herald

It will happen, probably this season. No ceremony has been scheduled for the new special assistant to general manager Chris Grant. The Cavs haven't had any discussions yet regarding the event, but they'll eventually schedule it. They'll have to make sure the schedules of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, Grant, Ilgauskas and his family line up. Ilgauskas' two adopted sons are going to school in the Miami area. "We didn't talk about any of the specifics," Ilgauskas said recently. "If that day will come, it will be a big honor and a great accomplishment." News-Herald

January 19, 2012 Updates
January 18, 2012 Updates

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is back with the Cavs as a special assistant to General Manager Chris Grant, the team announced on Wednesday. Ilgauskas played 12 of his 13 seasons in the NBA with the Cavs and holds team records for games played, blocks, rebounds and offensive rebounds. He is second all-time in scoring. “I am really excited to come back to the Cavaliers, a team that I have so much history with and contributing to our future success,” Ilgauskas said in a release. “I’m also looking forward to learning more about this game that I love so much.” Ilgauskas’ duties haven’t been defined yet by the team. There is a conference call with Ilgauskas scheduled for later this afternoon. Akron Beacon Journal

“We are very pleased to have Z begin the next phase of his basketball career with the Cavaliers and I am looking forward to working closely with him,” Grant said. “Z has always had a great desire to learn and succeed and he already has a deep understanding and appreciation of the game and the NBA. We are extremely happy to welcome him back as part of our franchise.” Akron Beacon Journal

November 26, 2011 Updates
September 30, 2011 Updates

Former Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas told the Plain Dealer today he is retired after 13 NBA seasons and two trips to the NBA Finals. Ilgauskas, 36, spent nearly his entire career as a Cav and helped the franchise evolve from an also-ran to an Eastern Conference champion in 2007. He spent last season with the Miami Heat and former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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