NBA Free Agency: Miami Heat Sign Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas

July 13th, 2010 by Paul Mueller Leave a reply »
On a day the sporting world lost its most infamous owner, George Steinbrenner, the Miami Heat are paying the former big-spending Yankee boss homage by forming a professional superpower of their own.

After re-signing Dwyane Wade and luring LeBron James and Chris Bosh via free agency, the Heat are scrambling to fill out the rest of their roster.

And Zydrunas Ilgauskas wants in.

Ilgauskas will reportedly join the Heat for the veteran minimum, according to the Miami Herald, which is a crucial step for Miami. They now have an inside presence to contend with Dwight Howard, as well as the Andrew Bynums and Pau Gasols of the league.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better.

With Ilgauskas and a shooting threat like Mike Miller, the Heat are well on their way to taking over the NBA world, if they hadn’t already.

While he averaged under eight points per game last season, he averaged just over 20 minutes in 64 games. The 35-year-old Lithuanian center will hardly be the No. 1 guy in the post.

Dexter Pittman, a center acquired in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft from Texas, is expected to sign and contribut ...

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