Wednesday , Mar , 03 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Cavs in Contact with Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Just in case he’d forgotten, the Cavaliers gave Zydrunas Ilgauskas a collective hug over the past two days. The actions might have him on the cusp of making a commitment to become a Cav once again.

Shaquille O’Neal, above, is expected to miss the rest of the regular season because of his injured right thumb, so the return of Zydrunas Ilgauskas would be a big boost at the center position.

According to league sources, shortly after Ilgauskas cleared waivers and became a free agent Monday afternoon, the team swung into action. After not speaking with him since he was traded Feb. 17, Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry flew to New York; he had just been with Shaquille O’Neal for his thumb surgery in Baltimore on Monday morning. 

Sources said Ferry met with Ilgauskas, who has been working out for the past week in New York, where he maintains an off-season home. It is believed Ferry made Ilgauskas an offer to re-sign with the team at that time.