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Z-to-Cavs a foregone conclusion

Posted on: February 25, 2010 5:53 pm
Word that Zydrunas Ilgauskas has reached his anticipated buyout agreement with the Wizards has several organizations -- Atlanta, Denver, Utah -- experiencing the fleeting hope that the 7-3 center could give them some much-needed size for the postseason. Let's not kid ourselves, though: Z is going back to Cleveland once the league-mandated 30-day waiting period to re-sign with the team that traded him comes and goes.

The teams courting Ilgauskas are "fighting the good fight," according to one person with knowledge of the situation. But everyone involved knows that Ilgauskas, who has spent his entire career in Cleveland and is viewed by LeBron James as a necessary ingredient in the Cavs' pursuit of a championship, is going back from whence he came.

Is it fair that players who are traded for the sole purpose of making the salaries add up can return to the team that traded him? The same thing happened last season, when the Pistons traded Antonio McDyess and re-signed him in 30 days. It's not really a question of fairness, though. Rules are rules. It's a question of whether owners will be willing to back up their complaints about Z returning to Cleveland and lobby for eliminating this loophole in the new CBA.

They'll think twice, I predict, because they might just be the ones benefiting from the same chicanery in the future.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 8:16 pm

Z-to-Cavs a foregone conclusion

That's just what sman does. Best to ignore him and move along.

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 8:04 pm

Z-to-Cavs a foregone conclusion

damn dude what did he ever do to do? Calm down.

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2010 7:19 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 6:43 pm

Z-to-Cavs a foregone conclusion

Would a change to the rule get into the anti-trust stuff that's going on in baseball right now?  I mean, if he's a free agent, he's entitled to seek work for any team, right?  Unless the league wants to take on that "we're one entity" instead of a bunch of individual teams argument, which is unlikely.  Being viewed as separate organizations is what has allowed them to operate outside of the anti-trust laws.

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