Zydrunas Ilgauskas Back With The Cavaliers

Troy CurrentContributor IMarch 24, 2010

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 21:  Zydrunas Ilgauskas #11 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots a free throw shot during the NBA game against of the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 21, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 109-91.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the addition of Zydrunas Ilgauskas to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, the transaction for Antwan Jamison has been officially completed. Although the buyout from the Wizards was not in the actual negotiations it was assumed by many at the time of the trade that the buyout by the Wizards of Zydrunas Ilgauskas would eventually take place.

Now that it has become official and Zydrunas Ilgauskas is once again a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers how will the rest of the season pan out?

With the emergence of Leon Powe and the continued improvement of JJ Hickson where will minutes come for Big Z?

With the success that the Cavaliers have had with their smaller lineups will Shaq and Z be needed?

Against talented big men, the Cavaliers will need to have Shaq and Z in the lineup and not just be on the court but also get back to the level of productivity that they both were at before the Jamison trade.

This is a good problem to have for Cavaliers as long as Coach Mike Brown knows how and when to make moves to best help them win playoff games.

The best way to do this, though, is to start implementing some of these moves right now while the playoffs are still a ways awhile and the team can get use to the changes that need to take place.

Big Z will need some time to get back into game shape but according to several Cavs insiders Shaq is in great shape and has apparently sworn off of cheeseburgers.

Hopefully Coach Brown, along with LeBron James, can make sure that lineup moves and substitution can be smooth and practical during game situations when they are needed against teams like Orlando and Los Angeles.

As long as these moves are smart and timely then the Cavaliers are far and away the favorites to win the NBA title this year.