Jazz notes: Utah interested in Ilgauskas
Sacramento, Calif. » With Zydrunas Ilgauskas reaching agreement on a contract buyout with Washington, Ilgauskas' agent, Herb Rudoy , said Thursday that the Jazz have expressed interest in signing the veteran center.
The Jazz have a roster spot to fill following the Feb. 18 trade that sent Ronnie Brewer to Memphis. Rudoy said Ilgauskas was waiting until he clears waivers to start discussing the next step of signing with a team.
Ilgauskas has spent his entire 12-year career with Cleveland and is widely expected to return to the Cavaliers, who traded him to Washington in acquiring Antawn Jamison . The 34-year-old Ilgauskas has averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.
Rudoy acknowledged that Ilgauskas has a "huge investment emotionally in the Cavaliers and that's part of what's factoring into this thing."
Should he sign with Cleveland, Ilgauskas would have to sit out for 30 days before being eligible to return, though he could play immediately by signing with another team. Rudoy was asked about Ilgauskas' interest in the Jazz.
"He knows the league and he knows every team after all these years," Rudoy said. "He's going to make the decision that's best for himself. They are a terrific team with a great coach."
Along with Cleveland and Utah, Atlanta, Dallas and Denver reportedly are interested in signing Ilgauskas. The Jazz are expected to consider a host of players around the league who already have or will be bought out by Monday.
With a victory tonight against Tyreke Evans and the Kings, the Jazz would extend their road winning streak to eight games, matching the third-longest streak in franchise history. The Jazz have not dropped a road game since losing Jan. 17 at Denver.
"We've always been that team that plays good at home, doesn't play good on the road, and I think we've matured past that point," Carlos Boozer said.
The Jazz beat San Antonio, Portland and the Clippers to start their current streak, then went 4-0 on their trip to Houston, New Orleans, Golden State and Portland following the All-Star break.
"I don't think if we look around, we can be overconfident because we've got too many obstacles to try to overcome," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "If you look at the records of some of the other teams and you lose a couple games, you [can] drop down dramatically."
Andrei Kirilenko went through practice Thursday and is expected to return tonight after missing two games with back spasms. ... After being eliminated by the eventual Western Conference champions in the playoffs the past three seasons, Boozer declared, "We want to be that team that represents the West this year."
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