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Zydrunas Ilgauskas rejoins organization as special assistant to GM

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 18, 2012


Zydrunas Ilgauskas is back with the Cavs as a special assistant to General Manager Chris Grant, the team announced on Wednesday. Ilgauskas played 12 of his 13 seasons in the NBA with the Cavs and holds team records for games played, blocks, rebounds and offensive rebounds. He is second all-time in scoring.

"I am really excited to come back to the Cavaliers, a team that I have so much history with and contributing to our future success," Ilgauskas said in a release. "I'm also looking forward to learning more about this game that I love so much."

Ilgauskas' duties haven't been defined yet by the team. There is a conference call with Ilgauskas scheduled for later this afternoon.

Ilgauskas was a two-time All-Star and played in six postseasons with the Cavaliers. He left as a free agent prior to last season and signed with the Miami Heat in an effort to win a championship. Ilgauskas retired from basketball after the Heat lost in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

"We are very pleased to have Z begin the next phase of his basketball career with the Cavaliers and I am looking forward to working closely with him," Grant said. "Z has always had a great desire to learn and succeed and he already has a deep understanding and appreciation of the game and the NBA. We are extremely happy to welcome him back as part of our franchise."

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