Zydrunas Ilgauskas Joins Cavaliers Front Office

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-One of the most beloved Cleveland Cavaliers of all-time is returning to the organization, but not as a player.

The team announced on Wednesday that Zydrunas Ilgauskas is joining the Cavaliers’ front office as a special assistant to General Manager Chris Grant.

“We are very pleased to have ‘Z’ begin the next phase of his basketball career with the Cavaliers and I am looking forward to working closely with him,” said Grant.

In his role as special assistant to Grant, Ilgauskas will be involved with front office responsibilities, including evaluation of amateur and professional prospects.

“‘Z’ has always had a great desire to learn and succeed and he already has a deep understanding and appreciation of the game and the NBA,” Grant added. “We are extremely happy to welcome him back as part of our franchise.”

Ilgauskas was the 20th overall pick by the team in the 1996 NBA Draft. During his 13-year NBA career, 12 of which were played in Cleveland, Ilgauskas became the team’s all-time leader in games played (771), and rebounds (5,904). In September of last year Ilgauskas retired from professional basketball.

“I am really excited to come back to the Cavaliers, a team that I have so much history with and contributing to our future success,” said Ilgauskas. “I’m also looking forward to learning more about this game that I love so much and working with Chris Grant and the rest of the organization in every way that I can.”

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