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The Washington Wizards and Zydrunas Ilgauskas Reach agreement

The Washington Wizards and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have reached an agreement on a contract buyout according to the The Washington Post.

The agreement would make Zydrunas a free agent and can sign with any team for a pro-rated share of the veteran’s minimum. Many teams are interested in signing Zydrunas including Dallas, Atlanta, Utah, and Denver.

However, Ilgauskas who was part of a three-team trade that sent Antawn Jamison to the Cavs from Washington is believed to be headed back to the Cavaliers. After-all, he has been a Cavaliers since he was drafted into the NBA and has a strong relationship with Lebron and Shaq. Also, he would like to get a ring before retiring.

According to ESPN’s Ric Bucher,  Ilgauskas has already flown back to Cleveland. Under NBA rules, Ilgauskas would have to wait 30 days to rejoin the Cavaliers. To be eligible for the playoffs, he will have to sign before March 1st.

“I expect him to decide by the end of the weekend,” Ilgauskas’ agent Rudoy said in a text message.

Saunders to coach the Wizards next season

Flip Saunders has reached an agreement to become the new coach of the Washington Wizards next season. Official announcement is expected next week.

The deal reportedly is worth close to $19 million over four years.

The Washington Post also reported that Sam Cassell could be an assistant coach for Saunders.

Flip Saunders was fired last June after the Pistons lost to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

 

Flip Saunders top candidate for Wizards coaching job

Flip Saunders appears to be the top candidate for the coaching job with the Washington Wizards, ESPN reported.

Saunders spent his first 9 1/2 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, taking them to the playoffs eight times and lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals in 2004. Then he coached the Pistons for three seasons and lost in the Eastern Conference finals all three years. One against Miami, Cleveland, and the last one last year against the Celtics.