League not considering blocking Ilgauskas return to Cleveland

Cleveland–If Big Z wants to return to Cleveland after the Wizards buy out his contract the league doesn’t plan to stand in his way.

A league official with knowledge of its procedures said there’s been no discussion by the NBA about blocking Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ return to Cleveland after he secures a buyout. The official said the NBA would only look into the matter if there were evidence of a prearranged deal for Ilgauskas to re-sign with the Cavaliers after being traded to Washington and released. The Wizards plan to buy out Ilgauskas’ contract soon, and he then would have to wait 30 days to re-sign with the Cavaliers or he could sign with another team immediately after clearing waivers in 48 hours.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday night that the league would not allow Ilgauskas to return to the Cavaliers. The Times cited as precedent the league blocking Dallas from trading Jerry Stackhouse in 2008, but the league barred that move after Stackhouse told media a deal was already in place for him to return to the Mavs after a trade and buyout.

By contrast, Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plan Dealer reported that Ilgauskas recently said the Cavs had never discussed with him what would happen after a trade. “To be honest, I don’t even know how a buyout works,” Ilgauskas told Windhorst before he was traded.

The Hawks are among the teams who plan to make a run at Ilgauskas after he’s released. His agent, Herb Rudoy, has said he hopes to negotiate a buyout with Washington soon.

MC

51 comments Add your comment

Lacsho

February 22nd, 2010
4:53 pm

Why would he leave cleaveland now, when they’re on the verge of winning the championship. He’s been with Cleaveland for over 10 years.

NC Braves Fan

February 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

The NBA is making the correct call – though it would seem a rule change is in order.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

I’m not gonna say it’s Joe’s fault that we loss becuz it’s not. He kept us afloat. But he is not a leader. Whenever a team panics the Leader is supposed to rally his troops, not let them go crazy. If Joe was a leader he woulda got in Josh’s face and told him to stop taking all those dumb jumpers and to get the ball into the post or something like that.

Simply put Joe is not Built 4 War

ILL-logical

February 22nd, 2010
4:59 pm

Another step by the NBA along the road to becoming the WWF.Stern’s legacy will be that he expanded the league geographically but shrunk it in terms of credibility.

Astro Joe

February 22nd, 2010
5:04 pm

If Stern gets away with this, then the players need to fire Billy Hunter before CBA negotiations get heated up. The policy is horrible, it allows wealthy owners to manipulate the system. Jamison essentially gets traded for a ledger adjustment on the Wizards salary cap and a late 1st round pick. Sure, it reeks, but it is an allowed move based on the current CBA. Stern can’t get away with determining where a player signs a free agent contract… and if he does, then all bets are off for the next CBA.

SimpleDawg

February 22nd, 2010
5:05 pm

The Hawks are an endangered species…..

They aren’t a serious title contender….too bad, Atlanta could be a great NBA city. We certainly have the demographics, corporate entities, facility…..all we need is a point guard, a big man, and a quality coach.

Maybe we’re not that close after all.

Melvin

February 22nd, 2010
5:13 pm

What Lebron wants, is what Lebron gets. We know that Stern is going to do everything he can to have a Lakers/Cavs finals. He already predicting a 400 mil loss in revenue and he’s not going to missed out on having a Nike Puppet Mega showdown in May he thinks is going to produce high ratings…

Astro Joe

February 22nd, 2010
5:16 pm

Melvin, I don’t know, Howard and crew stopped the puppets last year. Although I personally miss the Big Z puppet/commercial… I thought it was the best one yet.

GeeMack

February 22nd, 2010
5:26 pm

Astro Joe,

Don’t get made at the other owners, because they care more about winning a title than paying the luxury tax.

I perfectly understand our owners situation, however whomever don’t win it all the GM will answering a lot questions when they loss of revenue report comes back.

GeeMack

February 22nd, 2010
5:29 pm

Melvin

As a basketball fan, if my team is not in the best position to win it all then I want to see the best finals possible. If it’s LA & Bos or Cle as a fan I want to see it.

I would much rather see the Hawks vs LA, but the Hawks are not there yet.

dap01

February 22nd, 2010
5:33 pm

With or without the Big Z, the NBA is going to give LeBron a championship with the outragious calls by the refs in EVERY game that the King plays in.

WWF is a great way to describe the NBA.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
5:48 pm

PTI just said exactly the opposite of this headline, that the NBA is seriously considering blocking Z’s return to the Cavs. Like Wilbon pointed out though, the NBA’s legal standing to do that under the CBA seems pretty shaky.

I don’t know. Either way I don’t think the Hawks will manage to get him, so I’m not sure it matters.

Ken

February 22nd, 2010
6:29 pm

Sorry friends but Big Z is like many of his collegues who are willing to play third string center with chance to win a championship than be the man somewhere else. Also, I don’t think he would even consider the Hawks unless they overpay him and make him a starter which is not ging to happen. We are stuck with what we have until the off season . The Hawks will finish forth in the east and lose in the second round. It’s inevitable!

Parvati

February 22nd, 2010
6:35 pm

Two words: Who cares?

One equation: NBA = large number of grossly overpaid thugs.

Who cares?

JB

February 22nd, 2010
6:47 pm

Parvati, so is every other league in that case. So is every government and religion. Take your unoriginal BS ideas where someone cares.

JB

February 22nd, 2010
6:51 pm

Regarding actual basketball, I’d be surprised if Cleveland didn’t clear this up with the league office before they even made the trade. I doubt they’d just leave a career Cav like Big Z out to dry like that without assuring him he’d be back for a title run after the trade

Melvin

February 22nd, 2010
7:09 pm

Sorry guys, I like to see teams win on their own merit. Not with bias and favoritism b/c of superstar players or market ability of a specific team…

rob

February 22nd, 2010
7:12 pm

If Joe leaves during free agency, lets get Rudy Gay

IREPATL

February 22nd, 2010
7:15 pm

joe>>>>rudy g ay, now if we cld package marvin n bibby to get rudy then im all for it

Clyde

February 22nd, 2010
7:15 pm

Roshown McLeod > Marvin Williams

IREPATL

February 22nd, 2010
7:18 pm

@clyde haha right now DerMarr Johnson>>>marvin

rob

February 22nd, 2010
7:19 pm

Lol @ Roshown Mcleod and Marvin Clyde. I agree. And if we keep it up Teague will be a Dion Glover clone

IREPATL

February 22nd, 2010
7:20 pm

heck, id rather have LaPhonso Ellis than marvin right now

IREPATL

February 22nd, 2010
7:22 pm

teague can become great, but as long as we have woody, he wont allow it, lol bring back lon cruger n see what he can do with this current roster

rob

February 22nd, 2010
7:29 pm

might as well bring back Jason Terry

IREPATL

February 22nd, 2010
7:34 pm

@rob, i wish

Marty_1

February 22nd, 2010
7:53 pm

These are the rules and it basically lets a player go back to the team that let him go if he chooses to. There really isn’t anything wrong with it. It’s Z that has the final say on it not the Cavs so it is actually a pretty fair system. He has 28 days after the buyout to contract with another team after that he can just go back to the original team if they want him. How much fairer can the system be ?

Mac-Town'z Finest 478

February 22nd, 2010
7:58 pm

Marvin Williams could only dream to be half the player Deshawn Stevenson is.

Melvin

February 22nd, 2010
8:07 pm

Nice breakdown on the salary cap situation for this upcoming season and beyond. Look like the Hawks may have to offer Joe 15-17 mil per season.

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=15389

Melvin

February 22nd, 2010
8:08 pm

MC, is on NBA TV right now…. and talking about the limited bench.

Melvin

February 22nd, 2010
8:09 pm

Correction, MC is talking about the limited bench mins…

terrell

February 22nd, 2010
8:10 pm

They’re making Woody look like the fool he is on NBA TV right now.

Enough Is ENOUGH

February 22nd, 2010
8:12 pm

I’ve been trying not to be critical of the coach or of certain players, but enough is enough, Marvin & Bibby are killing us, they bring nothing to the table, hell might as well play Teague cause when u look a Bibby he really isnt doing anything but being a spot up shooter and even thats not working for him, he rarely runs down the court and plays very lil’ defense. Marvin on the other hand just looks lost and out of place, dude is regressing bad and I don’t see him getting any better, he will be a journeyman very shortly

O'Brien

February 22nd, 2010
8:13 pm

Saw this on nba.com,

“Rumors are prevalent that the Knicks have already decided on the Hawks’ Joe Johnson as their No. 2 and hope to add James or Bosh as their top gun”.

Enough Is ENOUGH

February 22nd, 2010
8:14 pm

The bench isn’t limited, its not used properly, we can go 9-10 deep but they don’t get time to play and when they make 1 or 2 mistakes they are taken out (Teague mostly),

terrell

February 22nd, 2010
8:20 pm

Hope JJ doesn’t have to guard DWill for Bibby tonight. Need to play Teague and Mario so they can pressure the ball.

terrell

February 22nd, 2010
8:25 pm

Enough is enough, your’re wrong. Teague only has to make 1 mistake. And Woody has everybody puzzled except for Astro of course. The NBA TV analysts dont even know what to think?????? lol! Play your bench fool! Brent Barry said it best, “how is he going to get his bench ready for the Playoffs, when they cant even get min’s at this point in the season”? All MC could say was “good question”. Priceless

O'Brien

February 22nd, 2010
8:33 pm

6 years in and we are still having the conversation about Woody and his bench.

Do we blame Woody, or do we blame Sund and the ASG for not giving Woody the kind of bench that the Cavs, Magic, Lakers etc. have?

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
8:41 pm

O’Brien JJ is mos def gone after this season. He’s obviously sick of this team.

terrell

February 22nd, 2010
8:43 pm

Barry just said “Hawks lose tonight, they’ll have the same record as last year”. Wow! What an improvement. Woody = COY my azz!

northcyde

February 22nd, 2010
8:50 pm

Forget Big Z. The last thing we need on the Hawks is ANOTHER inconsistent jumpshooter. He obviously would be better than Zaza, but I don’t know how much better.

If we get him . . OK.

If not . . . oh well.

I can’t wait for this Utah game to start. I want to see how this team responds to a bad loss like that. Hopefully, they’ll respond like they did after that early December loss to the Knicks. We lost that game 114 – 107 at home. The next night, we go down to Dallas, a place where we hadn’t won in forever, and beat them in a grind it out 80 – 75 win where JJ took over the game.

Hopefully, we’ll get a real good bounce back effort tonight. I don’t expect this team to chalk this up as a automatic loss, even though a lout of our fans have.

Since we haven’t beat Utah in Salt Lake City since Tupac was alive, maybe they need to be playing that classic battle song, “Hit Em Up”, in the locker room.

Astro Joe

February 22nd, 2010
8:51 pm

Bench discussion? How about blaming fans for discussing something that is a secondary issue for most of 82 games. Discussing bench miinutes is akin to discussing free throw shooting. Yeah, it’s a part of the game but it shouldn’t take up this many bits and bytes.

Woody could be the coach of a 60 win team and some will still be talking about bench minutes just to have a complaint.

chris

February 22nd, 2010
9:02 pm

Lbj will stay n cleveland no reason for him to leave

northcyde

February 22nd, 2010
9:04 pm

People still talking about that sorry bench I see. When Woody plays Evans and Joe Smith tonight . . and if they happen to suck ( like they normally do ) . . what do we do then? Continue to give them minutes?

People keep talking about “play the bench”, even though the bench continues to get outplayed in 75% of the games. Question: How did Zaza play last night?

Our hope, is that Marvin and Bibby get out of their funk. Marvin didn’t play bad last night. It was just the typical, non-impactful Marvin game. But Bibby . . . he has to start making shots, or Crawford should get most of his minutes. Teague played well in the Clipper game and again last night. He needs to keep it up so that he can get his minutes as well.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:10 pm

I think the Hawks lose by 10 2nite

terrell

February 22nd, 2010
9:17 pm

Great start for Duck.

terrell

February 22nd, 2010
9:46 pm

Up by 11, down by 11. This team is a joke!

doc54

February 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

The NBA has truly become the WWF and destoyed what was the last great professional sport in the process. Just a few years ago, the NBA led the way in showing how a professional sport should be operated, but the loss of integrity has turned away the most of the casual fans and even some hardcore basketball people as saying enough.

Lfrom washington

February 23rd, 2010
2:03 pm

Lebron James is a cry damn baby

MC

February 24th, 2010
2:53 pm

Im from Cleveland and a huge Cavs fan and I would love to see Big Z come back just to be there in the off chance that we do win this year. Z has been through so much with that organization (all of the Shawn Kemp years) and really deserves the chance to play for a championship. He even took less money to stay with the Cavs, 5 years ago. I don’t think any other athlete before or since has taken less money to stay in Cleveland. I will say about the Hawks, they have, far and away, the most physically gifted starting 5 in the NBA. With good coaching, the Hawks and Cavs would make a great ECF. Lets not forgetm, the Hawks, played the Celtics a lot tougher then the Lakers, 2 years ago.