Ilgauskas to Follow James to Miami

It would be a reunion of sorts forĀ LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas in the coming season. Ilgauskas’ agent, Herb Rudoy, said the 7-foot-3, 14-year veteran has agreed to join the Miami Heat for a two-year deal, although details of the contract has yet to be finalized. The Heat management also has yet to confirm the deal.

However, James, who was Ilgauskas’ teammate in Cleveland, has already welcomed his friend to Miami through Twitter. “Glad u are joining me in South Beach my friend. Also thanks for the encouraging words big fella,” James said in one of his tweets.

Ilgauskas said James was a major factor in his decision. “LeBron was very encouraging and explained the whole situation…He’s my friend, and him being there made it a lot easier to choose,” he said. Ilgauskas has played with the Cavaliers his entire career prior to his move to the Heat. He was traded to Washington last season but did not suit up for the Wizards, who bought out his contract to allow him to become a free agent and sign back with the Cavaliers.

A popular player in Cleveland, Ilgauskas averaged 13.8 points for the Cavaliers in 12 seasons. He was drafted by the Cavs as the 20th overall pick in the 1996 Draft but he played only in 1997 due to a foot injury that sidelined him his entire first season.