Former Cavaliers big man and current special assistant to Chris Grant Zydrunas Ilgauskas will be spending a lot of time with current Cleveland power forward Tristan Thompson come this off-season.
Prior to the team’s loss to the Utah Jazz, the team stated that the long-time center will work with the very raw Thompson, hopefully expanding an offensive arsenal that is rooted mostly in dunks and put-backs. The goal would be to increase Thompson’s range, potentially adding a mid-range jump shot, an element which the 7-foot-3-inch Ilgauskas regularly.
“He’s a two-time All-Star,” Thompson said of Ilgauskas. “He has been a great pro, he’s been great for the city. In terms of knowing basketball, he’s a great guy to look up to and learn from.”
Presently, the team is working with Thompson on his offensive skill set. The Plain Dealer’s Tom Reed reports that the former Texas Longhorn also worked with Tim Duncan this past offseason. On the season, he is averaging 6.9 points (41.8 percent shooting), 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in just under 20 minutes per game.