1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

Ilgauskas, Wizards agree on buyout .... back to Cleveland?

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by Luckyazn, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Luckyazn

    Luckyazn Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2003
    Messages:
    4,375
    Likes Received:
    68
    The Washington Wizards have waived center Zydrunas Ilgauskas after reaching an agreement on a contract buyout, the team said.

    The move clears the way for Ilgauskas to eventually return to the Cavaliers, once certain conditions are met, or to join another team immediately.

    "We agreed to terms with Zydrunas on a contract buyout, giving us further financial flexibility and allowing our young big men to continue to develop over the remainder of the season," Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld said.

    ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported that Ilgauskas, who was part of a three-team trade that sent Antawn Jamison to the Cavs from Washington, already has flown back to Cleveland.



    Ilgauskas

    No team is under the salary cap enough to absorb Ilgauskas' $11.5 million salary this season, so he now becomes a free agent eligible to join any team for a pro-rated share of the veteran's minimum.

    Under NBA rules, Ilgauskas will have to wait 30 days to rejoin the Cavaliers, the only team he has played for in 12 NBA seasons. But he would be free to join any other team immediately and is expected to draw interest from Dallas, Denver, Atlanta and Utah.

    An NBA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Monday that the league had not threatened to stop Ilgauskas from returning to the Cavs, saying it would only step in if there were proof of an agreement before the trade was made.

    Last season, Antonio McDyess went back to Detroit after the Pistons dealt him to Denver along with Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson, and players such as Brent Barry (San Antonio) and Gary Payton (Boston) also have returned to clubs that dealt them in recent seasons.



    link
     
  2. tinywang

    tinywang Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008
    Messages:
    3,506
    Likes Received:
    351
    "there's nothing wrong with Ohio"
     
  3. amaru

    amaru Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2009
    Messages:
    16,609
    Likes Received:
    9,729
    Of course he's going back the Cleveland......that was the plan all along.
     
  4. Rocket River

    Rocket River Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1999
    Messages:
    61,480
    Likes Received:
    28,969

    Exactly.

    Rocket River
     
  5. Htown's2kFinest

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2010
    Messages:
    2,902
    Likes Received:
    98
    damn if he goes back to CLE they'll really stacked. Kinda wish he would've stay with da wizards
     
  6. charlieaustin

    charlieaustin Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,551
    Likes Received:
    1,159
    I think there should be a rule in place that restricts a player from returning to the same team he was traded from during the same season in the event of a buyout. Remember Barry and the Spurs a few years ago? This just shouldn't be allowed.
     
  7. MambaJoe

    MambaJoe Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    2,294
    Likes Received:
    104
    Wizards are stupid. They gave up Jamison basically for nothing. I think teams are giving the Cavs whatever they want. I mean they just gave Jamison to the Cavs for big Z and only to buy him out and let him go back to the cavs.

    If the Wizards were smart, they should at least pry someone else from Cavs too like JJ Hickson or something. I'm sick of the Cavs getting whatever they want because of Lebron. The Nba are basically handing anything to the Cavs. MVP is going to Lebron, Coach of the year to Mike Brown, Sixth man to Anderson and most improve to Gibson or something.
     
  8. Nuggets4

    Nuggets4 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 1999
    Messages:
    2,928
    Likes Received:
    32
    The Nugs are going to try for Big Z.

    They're going to fail, but they are going to try at least.
     
  9. fmp087

    fmp087 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,479
    Likes Received:
    75
    Stern doing all he can to keep Lebron happy in Cleveland. If Lebron leaves the Cleveland market will take a huge hit, if not, time to move the Cavaliers.
     
  10. Rocket River

    Rocket River Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1999
    Messages:
    61,480
    Likes Received:
    28,969
    Portland should try

    Rocket River
     
  11. mfastx

    mfastx Member
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2009
    Messages:
    10,061
    Likes Received:
    3,621
    If he gets back on the Cavs, that is just wrong. That's just like getting players from the trade for free. :mad:
     
  12. ThrillaNManilla

    ThrillaNManilla Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2002
    Messages:
    1,294
    Likes Received:
    1,929
    By keeping Lebron happy in Cleavland it will reduce the chance of him bolting to New York, so this is in a sense good for us.
     
  13. rezdawg

    rezdawg Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2000
    Messages:
    18,351
    Likes Received:
    1,148
    A rule needs to be established to prevent that from happening.
     
  14. Carl Herrera

    Carl Herrera Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2007
    Messages:
    45,153
    Likes Received:
    21,570
    And Big Z, fairly injury free since the early years of terrible foot problems, will proceed to break his foot promptly if he joints Portland. Just say no!
     
  15. Mango

    Mango Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 1999
    Messages:
    7,491
    Likes Received:
    1,867

    This is poorly explained & written.
     
  16. br0ken_shad0w

    br0ken_shad0w Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Messages:
    1,758
    Likes Received:
    302
    Worst kept secret in the NBA. He'll humor some offers before finally going back to Cleveland.
     
  17. nolimitnp

    nolimitnp Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Messages:
    3,486
    Likes Received:
    285
    This rule has got to be fixed.
     
  18. Launch Pad

    Launch Pad Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 1999
    Messages:
    850
    Likes Received:
    10
    Easiest fix ... after traded players are cut or bought out, they can only return to their original team after the cut-off time for them to be eligible to play in that year's play-offs. If the original team was a lottery team, chances are the player wouldn't want to return anyway.
     
  19. Rocket River

    Rocket River Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1999
    Messages:
    61,480
    Likes Received:
    28,969
    Shoot. . . IT would just keep the good times rolling in Portland

    Rocket River
     
  20. Icehouse

    Icehouse Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2000
    Messages:
    13,384
    Likes Received:
    3,726
    I still have no issues with this rule. Please stop saying the Wizards got nothing from the trade. They got to clear $28M off the books via Jamison's salary. That isn't exactly "nothing". The Knicks just gave us Hill and some draft rights to take on a $6M player. Years ago some team had to give up two picks to get rid of a player. It's not easy to get other teams to absorb that much salary in this economy. The Wizards also got a draft pick and saved another million when they bought Big Z out.

    Some teams make trades for financial reasons. Remove some of the reasons for teams on the other side to add on salary and some of these deals don't get done. The Wizards and Cavs hate each other, so I'm sure if the Wizards had a better deal available then they would have taken it. Without this current loophole then this deal doesn't get done. Both parties got what they wanted, and saving $29M is significant.

    As far as the player side, it makes perfect sense for a guy to want to return to where his home and family are, where he knows the team and the systrem, etc. It's not fair to remove that option from them. You are penalizing a "free agent".
     

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now