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Plain Dealer reporting NBA will NOT block Ilgauskas' return to Cavaliers

This just in from the Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer, who is covering the Cavs today and tomorrow for the vacationing Brian Windhorst (he's spending a day or two in Florida).

An NBA source denied a report that the league would prevent Zydrunas Ilgauskas from returning to the Cavaliers. A high ranking source who requested anonymity said there was no truth to a report from the Los Angeles Times claiming that the league would try to prevent Ilgauskas' return to Cleveland if and/or when he is bought out by the Washington Wizards because the deal was previously agreed upon by the teams. There is no evidence of any such agreement. Ilgauskas' agent Herb Rudoy said on Monday that there was no previous arrangement. Ilgauskas was sent to Washington on Wednesday as part of the three-team deal that brought Antawn Jamison to Cleveland.

That is indeed good news.

Now the only part left is for Washington to waive Zydrunas.  Unfortunately for us, they have to do it this week.  If Z isn't signed before March 1st, he cannot play in the playoffs with the Cavs.  That is the deadline for rosters.