The Cavaliers just got stronger as they added center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The Cavaliers had traded Ilgauskas to Washington over a month ago but the Wizards didn’t want to pay him so they cut him.
Internet betting favors Cleveland to win the Eastern Conference this season and play in the NBA Finals. Getting Ilgauskas back could help them down the stretch. Cleveland had to wait 30 days before they could re-sign him because of league rules. The Cavaliers sent Ilgauskas to Washington as part of a three-team trade that brought them Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair. Ilgauskas could have signed with any other team after being let go by Washington but he preferred to go back to Cleveland. He has spent his entire career in Cleveland and is a very popular player. He is the franchise leader in games played, blocks and rebounds. He is second in career scoring behind LeBron James. He was averaging 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this online betting season playing behind Shaquille O’Neal.
The Cavaliers are expected to have Ilgauskas available for Wednesday’s game in New Orleans where they will be favored in Internet betting. "I just felt like I had some unfinished business here for this season," Ilgauskas said, “I felt like I left a lot of good friends, friends that felt like a part of my family. I left a lot of good people behind. It just didn't feel right to go somewhere else.''
Cleveland is very happy to have Ilgauskas back. "The entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization from our hard-working part-time game day people to our front office, to the coaching staff, players, ownership and everyone else are thrilled that Zydrunas is coming back home to help us with our upcoming playoffs mission and hopefully, beyond," Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said, "Things didn't seem quite right around here without the big guy. If there ever was a benchmark to measure what the franchise aspires all of its team members to be, whether they play on the court or off the court, that benchmark would be Zydrunas Ilgauskas. That's why having "Z" back means so much to the Cavs, the city of Cleveland and the entire state of Ohio."
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