HoopsHype Zydrunas Ilgauskas rumors

January 21, 2012 Updates

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

It's believed the player simply known as "Z" will have opportunities to work for the Cavaliers' organization, but he would not address the topic. His immediate plans are to visit his parents in Lithuania before returning to Miami. Ilgauskas said he's been contemplating retirement for the past few seasons. He knew he had played his final game, Ilgauskas said, after the Heat was eliminated by Dallas in the Finals. He's most proud of his longevity after early foot injuries and surgeries threatened his career. He is a two-time NBA All-Star, who averaged 13 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game. "I will always think of Cleveland as my home," Ilgauskas said. "This was my kids' first home. Cleveland Plain Dealer

August 25, 2011 Updates

In spite of reports to the contrary all over the Internet recently, the Cavaliers have not yet officially discussed retiring former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11. While it is certain that will happen at some point in the future _ after all, the much-loved Ilgauskas is the team's all-time leader in games played and rebounds, among other things _ the team has not decided to do so yet. Because of the lockout, the Cavs cannot comment on the situation. Cleveland Plain Dealer

During discussions right after the draft, sources said at that time that it was suggested to Irving (who held up a No. 15 jersey during his introductory press conference in Cleveland) that No. 11 could be a number that would eventually be retired by the team. He was told it was so closely tied to Ilgauskas in Cleveland that he might want to select another number that he could make his own. Eventually, he decided on No. 2. Cleveland Plain Dealer

August 21, 2011 Updates
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June 28, 2011 Updates

If Riley is taken at his word, the Heat might already be set for next season at center, with Zydrunas Ilgauskas recently invoking his opt-in clause for 2011-12 and with Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman under contract for next season. "When I had my exit meeting with him, I didn't know where all the talk was coming from, where all the retirement talk was coming from," Riley said of Ilgauskas, 36. "He's been around a long time; he's a very proud player. I think he's got a lot left in the tank as to how he plays. "I encouraged him not to retire, because I still think he can help somebody, and I want that somebody to be us. I don't want him to be down the road, or up the road, or across the street." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 24, 2011 Updates

Ira Winderman: Riley expects Big Z not to retire. "I personally think he has a lot left in his tank. We are planning to have him on the roster next year." Twitter

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