Wednesday , Jan , 13 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Zydrunas Ilgauskas to Return Next Season

Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas told FanHouse in October and later told other media outlets he was considering retiring after this season. But Ilgauskas told FanHouse on Friday he will return next season and wants to re-sign with Cleveland.

"I’m going to play next year,” Ilgauskas, 34, said after Cleveland’s morning shootaround in preparation for a game against Denver. "I realize I’ve got a lot of good basketball left in me.”

In the preseason, Ilgauskas was unsure how his health would be. He’s battled foot injuries his entire career, and regularly has to soak in ice for long stretches. But Ilgauskas said he’s felt good this season.

"I feel like I’m having fun,” he said. "I’m healthy. So why not (play next season)? I’ll get to do nothing the rest of my life.”