Kleeman’s Jump Hook: The NBA Cannot Buy Out Its Trade Problem

February 23rd, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Zydrunas Ilgauskas will wait the league-mandated 30 days and then re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers to play alongside his buddy LeBron James.

Nike will not have to shelve an advertisement featuring the LeBron and "Big Z" sock puppets for long.

Soon enough, Ilgauskas will ask "what is up LeBron" just before tipoff of a game that matters. James will welcome the return of the franchise's longest-tenured player.

The Cavs remained loyal to the center throughout his injury-plagued, 13-year career, so he will want to repay Cavs management and James. The chance to win that elusive ring will keep his other suitors at bay.

The Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, and Atlanta Hawks could use an additional big body and since their squads lack in size they will give him a look.

But, he won't reciprocate.

If the Washington Wizards agree to buyout Ilgauskas' expiring contract, most know his destination of choice.

“It will be kind of tough knowing that he is coming from the best team in the league to coming to play with us,” Hawks guard Joe Johnson told Yahoo Sports' Mark Spears. “I could see him comi ...

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