Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers may coach on opposite ends of the best NBA rivalry, but they can agree on the following: Zydrunas Ilguaksas shouldn’t end up back in Cleveland after the Cavaliers traded him to the Washington Wizards for Antawn Jamison.
Before last night’s Lakers-Celtics game in Los Angeles, the two coaches spoke against a player being made available to join the team that traded him if the receiving team buys his contract out and waives him.
The Cavaliers are hoping the Washington Wizards buy out Z’s contract and waive him. Then after 30 days, Z can rejoin the Cavaliers – if he wants to.
Z’s agent says Z’s heart is in Cleveland, but other teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks are interested in acquiring the 7-footer who can stretch defenses with his perimeter shooting.
There are many ways to look at this, but let’s look at it from Z’s perspective. If he comes back to Cleveland, he’ll make the Cavaliers even stronger. He’d also likely retire after this season, which is big because most guys don’t stay with one team their entire career.
However, he could look at this in another way.
Why would he go back to a team that had his name in trade talk. With Jamison in Cleveland, Z will likely play even less with the Cavaliers.
He likely wouldn’t start in Atlanta, but the Hawks aren’t that far off from Cleveland. He could be the difference.
Z could start for the Mavs. Considering Dallas acquired Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood in an earlier trade, adding Z would really make them a championship contender.