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Zydrunas Ilgauskas Joins LeBron James in Miami

Jul 13, 2010 – 2:48 PM
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Chris Tomasson

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Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas is leaving Cleveland to sign as a free agent with Miami, rejoining LeBron James, his former Cavaliers teammate.

Ilgauskas' agent, Herb Rudoy, told FanHouse on Tuesday that the two-time All-Star, after being with the Cavaliers for 14 seasons, will sign for the veteran's minimum of $1.352 million.

"He was with Cleveland for 14 years, and it was a great run,'' Rudoy said. "He was traded (to Washington last February and then waived) and then came back. He wants to win a championship in his career. It's nothing against Cleveland. He loves Cleveland. He'd love to come back there and work for the Cavs after his career is over.''

Rudoy said James, who left Cleveland to sign last week with Miami, played a role in Ilgauskas rejoining him.

"That was a part of it,'' Rudoy said.

Ilgauskas, 35, had told the Miami Herald last Saturday he was "looking into the option'' of rejoining James, his good friend, in Miami. Ilgauskas, an All-Star in 2003 and 2005, averaged 13.8 points and 7.7 rebounds while playing all the games of his career with Cleveland after being drafted by the Cavaliers in 1996. He never suited up for Washington after he was traded there last February and soon waived.

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