Originally created 11/09/99

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Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, whose foot problems have limited him to five games the past two seasons, has been advised by a doctor to have a screw surgically inserted into his sore left foot.

Ilgauskas was expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks, but is now considering having the surgery on the foot he broke five games into last season.

Last week, Ilgauskas visited Dr. Bill Hamilton, a foot specialist in New York, and was told to have the procedure, which would keep him out for an indefinite period.

Ilgauskas has also spoken with two other foot specialists in Virginia in addition to consulting with the Cavs team doctors.

"He's weighing all his options right now," Cavs general manager Jim Paxson said Monday. "He wants to ask the doctors some more questions and sort things out. He has got a lot coming at him at the moment."

Ilgauskas, who the Cavs signed to a six-year, $71 million contract last season, had foot problems before the Cavs took him in the first round of the 1996 draft.


Boston waived rookie guard Wayne Turner on Monday, and replaced him with Doug Overton.

Turner who played four seasons at the University of Kentucky, two of them under Rick Pitino, who now coaches the Celtics.

He was not selected in the NBA draft in June, but signed with the Celtics as a free agent in August. He appeared in three of the team's first four regular season games, playing a total of 41 minutes and scoring 4 points with 5 assists.

Overton has played for five NBA teams in his seven-year career. In 351 games, he's averaged 4.9 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game.


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