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Rick Adelman rips Darko’s motivation, conditioning

Mar 22, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

Brendan Haywood, Darko Milicic AP

With the emergence of Nikola Pekovic to play center along side Kevin Love, Adelman has not had to suffer Darko Milicic. Even when Pekovic was sent home from a road trip to rest sore ankles, Milicic could not get off the bench this week.

When asked about using Milicic, Adelman ripped the former No. 2 overall pick to the Star-Tribune.

“He hasn’t done anything to really give you a lot of faith that he’s going to go out and do the job,” Adelman said of Milicic. “He’s gotten himself out of shape. He hasn’t been as driven as you’d like so when a situation like this happens, it’s time for someone to have their opportunity and get back in there. Today, [Derrick Williams is] going to get his chance and Anthony Randolph is going to get his chance and we’ll see if any of those guys can step up.”

There you have it. Might want to drop Darko from your fantasy team if you already haven’t.

Milicic has one year after this one at $5.2 million (there is another year on the deal after that but he can be bought out of it for just more than $1 million). You get the feeling after that he may be headed back to Europe to play.

  1. ihavenonickname - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Just like mana from heaven.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      HAAA! You beat me to it!

  2. manwithpizza - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Well that removes all doubt. Darko is gone after this year.

    Thank you amnesty clause!

  3. pacific123ocean - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I don’t understand whey the T-Wolves don’t cut Darko right now…..why wait until the end of the year?

    And, message to Anthony Randolph, your next to go.

  4. pacific123ocean - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I don’t understand whey the T-Wolves don’t cut Darko right now…..why wait until the end of the year?

    And, message to Anthony Randolph, your next to go.

  5. somekat - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    @manwithpizza

    It seems pretty dumb to me to use the amnesty clause on him. It is a one time deal in the life of the CBA. If they amnesty him, they can’t do it again. After this season, he has 1 year at 5.4 left on the deal (not much above the mid-level exception), then you can buy him out for just over a mil. It seems, at best, short sighted to use a one time advantage on something that will not really do anything buy save the team some cash, won’t make them better on the floor (he’s not makinglenough to bring back a difference making FA, and Minny isn’t exactly the place people give discounts to go).

    • goforthanddie - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      If they have no one else they want to use the amnesty on, and the dude is sucking that blowfully, why not eliminate the problem?

    • Justin - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      The amnesty clause only applies to players that were already under salary with a team before the new CBA was signed. Most of our players are subject to team options if we wish to extend or terminate their contracts. The only use for the amnesty would be either Ridnour or Darko. Ridnour actually contributes to the team. Darko is really the only option or else the amnesty goes to waste.

    • manwithpizza - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      @somekat

      as others have said, we can only amnesty contracts singed BEFORE the new CBA. Here are the Wolves players playing next year under contracts signed before the new CBA. I’d be interested in who you’d like to amnesty

      Pek – 1 more year – $4.8 mil
      Wes Johnson – 1 more year – $4.3 mil – (following year is team option)
      Ridnour – 2 more years – $4.0 then $4.3 mil
      Ellington – 1 more year – $2.1 mil – (following year is team option)
      Darko – 1 more year – $5.2 mil – – (following can be bought out at $1 mil)

      • manwithpizza - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        Here’s why it matters in free agency.

        Currently the Wolves have 10 players under contract next year for about $48.75 mil. Because of cap holds, this leave about $8 mil to make a free agent offer with. Suppose they really want to make a splash and sign someone like Eric Gordon to an offer sheet [not saying he's the guy we want, but if]. This is not enough.

        Now if you amnesty Darko, you can offer a FA a deal starting at up to $13.2. This is a big difference.

  6. airyeezy17 - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    The thing about Darko is that he’s the Wolves’ only real defensive-minded big man. He’s put up some good performances (harrassing Blake and Marc Gasol/ZBo on defense), so it doesn’t really make sense for the Wolves to cut him if they’re still getting decent performances from time to time.

  7. glink123 - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I’m still struggling to understand how this lump of dog crap managed to have a 10 year career in the NBA?

  8. kebo7 - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    Darko suks never could really score

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