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Zydrunas Ilgauskas Will Sign With Miami Heat

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The team we knew from 2009-10 will looke drastically different with news that Zydrunas Ilgauskas could follow LeBron James to Miami (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The team we knew from 2009-10 will looke drastically different with news that Zydrunas Ilgauskas could follow LeBron James to Miami (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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According to Brian Windhorst's Tweet, Big Z coould be the next former-Cavalier headed south to join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami

According to a source, Zydrunas Ilgauskas is close to accepting a contract from the Miami Heat. The Cavs had an offer for Z on the table.less than a minute ago via web


The Cavaliers had an offer on the table to Ilgauskas, and have always said Z is welcome to return, but you have to imagine that Z's age, combined with the way everything went down last season - the trade, 30 days out of basketball, the comeback, the bench - has to give Z enough reason to go to a team with the best chance of winning right now.

This is not another  case of a Cleveland athlete leaving for more money or a better situation.  This is the case of a player that has given everything to the Cavaliers nearing the end of his career, having earned the right to find the best offer - the offer that might get him an elusive Championship.

Z's agent, Herb Rudoy, has confirmed that Ilgauskas will sign with the Heat, saying that Z would like to return to the Cavaliers organization when his career is over.

As hard as it is, I wish Big Z nothing but the best.  A true Class-Act.