Ilgauskas follows LeBron

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CLEVELAND -- Centre Zydrunas Ilgauskas has apparently decided to join former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James in Miami.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported Tuesday afternoon that Ilgauskas will sign with the Heat, citing the player's agent. The report said Ilgauskas will sign for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million.

Additionally, James posted an apparent confirmation on his Twitter account.

"Welcome Big Z," James wrote. "Glad u are joining me in South Beach my friend. Also thanks for the encouraging words big fella"

Ilgauskas had only ever played for the Cavaliers during his career. Cleveland selected the 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas with the 20th overall pick of the 1996 draft, but he did not make his debut until the 1997-98 season.

Ilgauskas went on to become the franchise's all-time leader in games played (771), offensive rebounds (2,336) and total rebounds (5,904). The 35-year-old averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in his Cavaliers career, earning All- Star selections in 2003 and 2005.

The Cavaliers traded Ilgauskas to Washington this past February in the deal that sent Antawn Jamison to Cleveland. However, Ilgauskas never played for the Wizards after reaching a mutual agreement on a contract buyout, and returned to the Cavaliers in March.

He averaged a career-low 7.4 points and 5.4 boards in 64 games in 2009-10, when he primarily came off the bench in order for Shaquille O'Neal to start.


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