It's official: Zydrunas Ilgauskas wants to re-sign with the Cavaliers.
All that remains is to reach a contract agreement on or after March 22, the earliest the 7-foot-3 center can return to Cleveland.
“Zydrunas has decided to wait until March 22 and has asked me to enter into negotiations with the Cavs on that day,” agent Herb Rudoy said Thursday.
Ilgauskas was sent to Washington as part of the three-team trade that brought Antawn Jamison to Cleveland, but was bought out of the remainder of his expiring contract by the Wizards.
The Cavaliers will likely re-sign the 34-year-old with their biannual exception of $1.99 million. That means Ilgauskas, who left $1.5 million on the table in his buyout, could actually end up profiting financially from the trade.
“It is Zydrunas' desire to return to the Cavaliers if a suitable contract can be agreed upon,” Rudoy said. “He has been overwhelmed and deeply touched by the outpouring of support and affection by the fans and by his teammates. He hopes to return to bring a championship to the Cavaliers and to the city of Cleveland.”
General manager Danny Ferry and several Cleveland players visited with Ilgauskas, who has a home in New York City, when the Cavaliers arrived Tuesday for a game in New Jersey the following night.
When Ilgauskas re-signs, the Cavaliers will have to clear a roster spot. The most likely player to go is second-year big man Darnell Jackson, though rookie guard Danny Green is also a possibility.
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