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Agent denies Zydrunas Ilgauskas comeback rumor

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Zydrunas Ilgauskas' jersey hangs in the rafters in Cleveland.  (USATSI)
Zydrunas Ilgauskas' jersey hangs in the rafters in Cleveland. (USATSI)

UPDATE: Agent Herb Rudoy has denied the comeback rumor:


ESPN Cleveland radio host Tony Rizzo reported that retired Zydrunas Ilgauskas wants to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers again. The 39-year-old last suited up for the Miami Heat in the 2010-2011 season, but his lack of mobility meant he didn't play much as the season went on. He took a front-office job with Cleveland shortly after his playing career ended.

Let's take all of this with a massive grain of salt. Rizzo said that the 7-foot-3 former center wanted to play 10-15 minutes a game and skip back-to-backs, but from the outside it seems very, very questionable. It's hard to imagine Ilgauskas being effective at this point, given how he played when he was in Miami.

Ilgauskas knows the guys on the team well, and the Cavs do need some more size on the roster. They need someone who can protect the rim and play pick-and-roll defense, though, which are things he probably cannot provide.

Cleveland retired Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey just a few months ago.

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