Ilgauskas back in Cleveland area

AVON, Ohio (AP) — Zydrunas Ilgauskas is back in the Cleveland area three days before he is eligible to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Ilgauskas declined to comment to The Associated Press on Friday following a workout at a suburban gym.

His agent, Herb Rudoy, told the AP in an e-mail that he will talk to Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry next week about returning the 7-foot-3 center to Cleveland. The first day he can re-sign is Monday.

"You'll have to ask Danny Ferry," coach Mike Brown said Friday night before the Cavs' game at Chicago, when asked about Ilgauskas returning. "We'd certainly love to have him back, but he's not on our roster."

The Cavaliers traded Ilgauskas to Washington at the NBA's trade deadline as part of a three-team deal that brought Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland. Ilgauskas' contract was bought out by the Wizards, making him a free agent.