NBA Notebook: Ilgauskas nears return to Cavs

  • Mon Mar 22nd, 2010 11:51pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Zydrunas Ilgauskas will consider a couple of different offers from the Cleveland Cavaliers and choose the one he wants Tuesday morning, his agent said Monday night.

Ilgauskas has the option of signing for just the remainder of this season or adding extra years to the deal.

“It’s just a matter of how long of a contract we’ll sign,” Herb Rudoy said.

Earlier in the day, Rudoy said he wasn’t interested in any deals beyond this season. He wanted Ilgauskas to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Ilgauskas, though, is contemplating signing with Cleveland beyond this year.

“It’ll be resolved for sure,” Rudoy said earlier in the day. “We’re not very far apart. The plan is to try and get him on the plane tomorrow.”

Warriors for sale

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors are for sale — and Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison has already made it well known he wants to buy the team.

The Warriors said Monday that they have hired Galatioto Sports Partners, or GSP, to handle selling the franchise and serve as their exclusive financial adviser throughout the process.

For the basketball-crazy East Bay, this news couldn’t have come soon enough. Fans know what the atmosphere can be for this franchise: electric, just like it was for the team’s rare playoff run in 2007.

Battier out with knee injury

CHICAGO — Houston forward Shane Battier missed the Rockets’ game against the Chicago Bulls and is expected to be sidelined at least 10 days with a sprained left knee. The prognosis came after Battier underwent an MRI on Monday morning that revealed the sprain. Battier injured his knee in the second quarter of Sunday’s victory over New York. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging eight points and 4.7 rebounds.

Suns 133, Warriors 131

OAKLAND, Calif. — Amare Stoudemire scored 37 points, Jason Richardson had a season-high 34, and Phoenix held off Golden State for its fifth straight victory. Reggie Williams, an NBA Development League product who was signed for the remainder of the season on Monday, scored a career-high 29 points for Golden State. Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 30, and Anthony Tolliver added 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Heat 99, Nets 89

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Dwyane Wade had 27 points and 12 assists, and Miami continued its good play in March with a victory. Jermaine O’Neal added 25 points as the Heat improved to 8-3 in the month that has seen them climb to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Michael Beasley added 16 and Carlos Arroyo 12. Brook Lopez had 26 points, but the Nets (7-63) lost their eighth straight as they possibly head toward the worst record in NBA history. New Jersey has to win two of its final 12 to avoid breaking the Philadelphia 76ers’ mark for futility (9-73), set in 1972-73.

Hornets 115, Mavericks 99

NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul played for the first time in 25 games, and Marcus Thornton scored 28 points to help New Orleans beat Dallas. Returning from a left knee injury, Paul started but was limited to 21 minutes and had 11 points.

Jazz 110, Celtics 97

SALT LAKE CITY — Mehmet Okur scored all of his 14 points in the second half and pulled down 15 rebounds, Deron Williams added 22 points and 11 assists, and Utah ended Boston’s four-game winning streak.

Magic 109, 76ers 93

PHILADELPHIA — Rashard Lewis scored 24 points, Dwight Howard added 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Orlando notched its third straight 50-win season.

Spurs 99, Thunder 96

OKLAHOMA CITY — George Hill scored a career-high 27 points, and San Antonio overcame Kevin Durant’s 45 to beat Oklahoma City and forge a tie between the teams for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.

Bulls 98, Rockets 88

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose had 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead Chicago over Houston. Flip Murray added 18 points and Kirk Hinrich scored 17 for the Bulls, who won back-to-back games after losing a season-high 10 in a row.

Bucks 98, Hawks 95

MILWAUKEE — John Salmons scored 32 points, including the tiebreaking free throws with 21.8 seconds remaining, to lead Milwaukee to a come-from-behind victory over Atlanta.

Raptors 106, Timberwolves 100

MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Bosh had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help sluggish Toronto hand Minnesota its 13th straight loss.

Grizzlies 102, Kings 85

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Zach Randolph had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Memphis used the streaky shooting of O.J. Mayo in the fourth quarter to beat Sacramento.