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Zydrunas Ilgauskas | Center

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (39) / 6/5/1975
Ht / Wt:  7'3' / 260
College: None
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Zydrunas Ilgauskas' agent denied that Big Z is attempting an NBA comeback at age 39.
The supposed comeback was reported on ESPN but has since been called a "false rumor." The Cavs are looking to add depth at center behind Anderson Varejao, but they're not going to find the help they're after with Ilgauskas, who retired in 2011 after playing 12 seasons with Cleveland and one with Miami. Aug 27 - 9:29 AM

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Zydrunas Ilgauskas is reportedly attempting a comeback to the NBA.

He's 41 years old and has been retired for six years, so it's fairly close to impossible he's back on the court for the Cavs. He's a fan favorite and the Cavs suddenly becoming a championship-caliber team is alluring, which explains why he's probably considering it.
Aug 25 - 12:13 PM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is focused on working in the Cavaliers' front office, not on coaching.

"Z doesn't want to coach," Scott said. "If he sees something he can help Tristan [Thompson] with, he will. He'll give some advice." Big Z is adored in Cleveland for his 13 seasons with the Cavs, which included a trip to the Finals, and not even his defection to LeBron's Heat could sully his image.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 09:45:00 AM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been hired as a special assistant to GM Chris Grant for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ilgauskas was a fan favorite in Cleveland during his tenure there and it's nice to see him be welcomed back in a front office role after retiring.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 01:21:00 PM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas has announced his retirement from the NBA at the age of 36.

Big Z played 14 seasons in the NBA, along the way overcoming a string of serious foot injuries, personal problems and even insomnia. He'll finish his NBA career with averages of 13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. The Cavaliers have unofficially decided to retire his jersey, which is only appropriate -- he spent his entire career with Cleveland before following LeBron to Miami for the 2010-11 season.
Fri, Sep 30, 2011 12:54:00 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will reportedly retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas' no. 11 jersey.

No. 1 draft pick Kyrie Irving apparently spilled the beans on his recent trip to China, when he revealed that he wanted the number upon being drafted, but was told by the team's management that it was set to be retired. For that reason, we have reason to believe that the Cavs are serious about retiring Ilgauskas' jersey. It's a classy move by Cleveland, where Big Z is revered among the fans. He spent his first 12 seasons in the NBA with the team before moving to Miami in 2010-11.
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 10:31:00 AM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas exercised his $1.4 million player option to remain with the Heat for the 2011-12 season.

This comes as a little bit of a surprise given Ilgauskas' age (36), but he apparently wants to make one more run at a title. Ilgauskas averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Heat last season.
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 03:52:00 PM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas reiterated that he isn't sure if he will retire this offseason.

Ilgauskas has a $1.4 million player option for next season. Considering he likely won't even be active for a single game in the Finals, we don't see why he would return to the Heat.
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 10:13:00 AM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is active for the Heat in Sunday's Game 3.

He was in street clothes for Game 2, but should get some action tonight. Joel Anthony will start again at center, while Jamaal Magloire and Erick Dampier will not be in uniform tonight.
Sun, May 22, 2011 07:38:00 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra was non-committal about his Game 2 lineup, and would not say whether Zydrunas Ilgauskas or Erick Dampier would be activated on Wednesday.

Spo went small in Game 1, using Joel Anthony for 30 minutes, and he'll have to seriously consider whether the size and bulk of Big Z, in particular, will be a sound offset to the athleticism of Joakim Noah. After getting beaten on the boards soundly in Game 1, it wouldn't be surprising to see Big Z draw a start and play 15-20 minutes.
Mon, May 16, 2011 09:38:00 PM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is unsure whether or not he will retire at the end of this season.

He's been extremely ineffective, averaging just 5.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg in the regular season, the worst numbers of his career. He's been even worse in the playoffs, and actually found himself as a Game 1 inactive for the inaugural game of the Eastern Conference finals against Chicago. Although it wouldn't be surprising if Big Z decided to hang it up, the most interesting item was that he referenced the fact that there would be a lockout anyway when he was asked about his looming decision.
Mon, May 16, 2011 09:18:00 AM

The Heat will continue to start Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Mike Bibby, despite the fact that Miami's starting unit has been outscored by 50 points in the playoffs.

"I've got to figure out a way to make that lineup work," said Spoelstra, who feels that Ilgauskas' shooting creates more space in the lane for LeBron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh. Joel Anthony has been far more effective during his time on the court, but he'll remain a reserve for now.
Wed, May 4, 2011 02:41:00 PM

The Heat are expected to start Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Mike Bibby along with their Big Three in the playoffs.

Erick Dampier has been the Heat's starting center for most of the last two months, but the Heat want Ilgauskas' shooting ability out there for the start of games now. We'd expect coach Erick Spoelstra to often go small in the first round anyway as they take on the run-n-gun Sixers. At point guard, a relatively even timeshare between Bibby and Mario Chalmers is likely.
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 10:48:00 AM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas was ejected on Friday after throwing the ball at Zaza Pachulia, hitting him in the back.

Ilgauskas could be suspended for Wednesday's finale, but didn't really have fantasy value to begin with.
Mon, Apr 11, 2011 11:11:00 PM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas started at center for the Heat on Friday and had 10 points and four boards in 18 minutes.

Erick Dampier was named as the starter at game time, but never got off the bench.
Sat, Apr 9, 2011 12:27:00 AM