CLEVELAND (AP) Zydrunas Ilgauskas' agent called Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry at 8:30 a.m. Monday, the first day Ilgauskas was eligible to re-sign with Cleveland.
It took a little longer than expected — the deal wasn't announced until Tuesday afternoon — but Ilgauskas is back with the only team he has ever known.
"If I would've left and the team won a championship without me," he said, "I don't think I could've ever forgave myself."
Ilgauskas signed to play for the rest of the season in Cleveland and traveled with the Cavaliers to New Orleans on Tuesday. Coach Mike Brown said he will likely play against the Hornets on Wednesday.