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MINNEAPOLIS The last time a Timberwolves big man was bound for Boston, it caused a negative uproar. This time, it's something closer to good riddance.
Darko Milicic is no Kevin Garnett, and Minnesota was happy to let him go in July. Now, according to a report from CSNNE.com, the Celtics will sign the former Timberwolf next week to a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum. For Milicic, who has nine years of NBA experience, that deal will be worth 1.23 million per the terms of the current CBA.
Milicic was the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. The Pistons selected him in lieu of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, who all remained available at the time. Only LeBron James was selected before Milicic.
Since then, the Serbian-born center has played for five teams, with Boston poised to be his sixth. For his career, he's averaged 6.0 points, but last season in Minnesota he played just 29 games, averaging 4.6 while often sidelined with injuries myriad and vague. The team applied its amnesty provision to him July 12, preventing the 7 million guaranteed portion of his contract from counting against its salary cap.
No team claimed Milicic off waivers after he was amnestied, and he's been searching for a place to play for the past two months. His deal with the Celtics will earn him a spot on their training camp roster, but little beyond that is certain. Boston enters camp, which will begin Sept. 29, with 14 guaranteed contracts, and with the relatively minimal amount they've offered Milicic, cutting him would not be a massive financial strain. So yes, Milicic has a contract, but he still has a lot to prove.
With the Celtics, Milicic will have to compete with Fab Melo, Jared Sullinger, Chris Wilcox and Jason Collins for the backup center role behind Garnett.
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Free-agent center Darko Milicic has joined the Boston Celtics, his agent confirmed to ESPN.com. Milicic had received strong interest from teams overseas, but opted to remain in the NBA. He's expected to make the deal official in Boston by the end of week, agent Marc Cornstein told ESPN.com. The 27-year-old spent left the Minnesota Timberwolves in July through the amnesty...
Darko Milicic is reportedly turning down a 3-year, 6 million dollar deal overseas to return to the US and play for the NBA. blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”> Darko Milicic declined a 3-year, 6 million dollar offer from Real Madrid for a return to the NBA. — Celticfanchat.com (@Celticsfanchat) September 20, 2012 According to European reporters, Milicic will [...]
The Boston Celtics plan to enter training camp next week with a slew of new faces, with Darko Milicic being among them.
A league source confirmed to CSNNE.com that Milicic, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, will sign a one-year deal with the Celtics next week for the veteran’s minimum.
Yup. This is really happening.
This confirms the report in our Morning Dump...
Numerous sites and sources are currently reporting that Darko Milicic has turned down a contract with Real Madrid Baloncesto in favor of returning to the NBA. Sources are also saying that the Boston Celtics are the favorites to land him.
Milicic's contract was worth a reported six-million dollars over three years with the Spanish team. Real Madrid is already the home of former...
This is from a credible Serbian newspaper, Novisti.rs. The translation is rough, but I have received confirmation from Twitter follower and friend @IL_NUMERO_UNO that Darko Milicic is indeed coming to Boston to negotiate with the Boston Celtics.Milicic was reportedly also approached by the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls in addition to a couple overseas teams with good reputations–because...
The Boston Globe has reported that the Boston Celtics have signed veteran big man Darko Milicic to a 1-year, veteran minimum contract. Milicic is best known for being selected #2 overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2003 NBA draft, ahead of superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. CLNSradio.com’s Taylor Arder reported earlier today [...]
Darko Milicic is in the plane for USA. His new destination is most likely Boston novosti.rs/vesti/sport.29…
— Djordje MATIC (@DjordjeMatic) September 20, 2012
Sportando is reporting that Darko Milicic is heading back to the US with rumors that he will sign with the Celtics. There have also been rumors that the Celtics have been in the mix for Kenyon Martin's services...
The Celtics expressed interest in Darko Milicic when he was amnestied by the Wolves in July.
The Celtics are reportedly on the verge of adding a key member of the NBA's 2003 draft class. Unfortunately for C's fans, it's not LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade. It is, however, the loaded draft class' second overall pick. That's right. Darko Milicic will be joining the Celtics, according to CSNNE.com's A. Sherrod Blakely. #CelticsTalk...
Thumbs up, indeed!
Remember the 2003 draft class? The top five was one of the best in the history of basketball. The sole reason why it might not be is the man holding his thumb up in the air like he just dug out a huge booger and wants to show everybody.
That being said, I actually think this is a solid pick-up. Darko may not be able to “score” or “push people around,”...
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The Boston Celtics added to their frontcourt depth by signing Darko Milicic to a one-year contract. A league source told A. Sherrod Blakely the deal is for the veteran minimum.
Milicic is a 27-year-old reserve center who can provide the Celtics with solid defense. He has limited offensive...
This probably won’t be your last Darko update of the day, but here’s the latest from the must-follow Twitter account A. Sherrod Blakely: #CelticsTalk: Darko Milicic will be joining the #Celtics, league source tells #CSNNE.com. Story coming up shortly.about 2 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite@SherrodbCSNA. Sherrod BlakelyBlakely later reported that Darko’s deal...
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