Ilgauskas joins new-look Heat

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, Last Updated: 2:02 PM ET

Miami, FL – Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has officially joined former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James in Miami.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported earlier in the week that Ilgauskas agreed to the veteran minimum of $1.3 million.

"As we continue to shape our roster, we have filled a key position with the addition of Zydrunas," said Heat president Pat Riley. "He is a two-time All- Star, a proven rebounder, and a great shot blocker. His place in NBA history is already clear, and we are pleased to be able to add a seasoned veteran of his caliber to our roster."

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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