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Report: Timberwolves to amnesty Darko Milicic

Jul 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

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Darko is free!

Well, kind of. The Minnesota Timberwolves are about to amnesty Darko Milicic, reports Ric Bucher of ESPN.

The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to amnesty center Darko Milicic in order to give an offer sheet to Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, a league source says. Milicic has two years and $10 million remaining on his contract but only $7 million is guaranteed.

Minnesota wants to make a big offer to Batum, the French swingman that a lot of GMs around the league covet because he is athletic, can hit the three, plays smart and is a plus wing defender.

Portland has said repeatedly it will match any offer to Batum (who is a restricted free agent). They mean it. But Batum’s agent badly wants him out of Portland and Minnesota will play along.

Minnesota also is reportedly trying to put together trade offers to tempt Portland, but the Blazers have no interest.

Darko struggled last season, in part due to injuries. While he has never lived up to his No. 2 overall pick status but he has been an NBA backup level big man.

If Darko is amnestied, teams under the salary cap would have 48 hours to bid on a portion of his contract, and the team with the highest bid would get his services (for example, if the Bobcats had the highest bid at $4 million then Darko would be a Bobcat and Charlotte would pay $4 million of his salary and the Timberwolves the rest of it).

If no team bids on him — not likely but not impossible — he would become a free agent and could sign wherever he wanted. Including Europe.

  1. jesuscakes - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    If I was a team I’d bid $4 on every sing player amnestied. If you get them for that cheap then you did a good job.

    • bparmalee - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      I’m not sure your fan base would like a team on Billups, Brand, Darko, Arenas and Brendan Haywood.

      • ripcityhawkhead - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        Somebody will way overbid on this guy the way 7 footers are gettin paid this summer. Minny i think the only way Batum isn’t a blazer next year is if you offer him a max deal.

  2. lakerluver - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Back to Europe for one of the NBA’s bigger busts.

  3. mnskolvikes - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    You still have to pay them the league veteran minimum. Which is certainly not $4 anymore.

  4. reupjosh - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    KAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNN!

    • miamatt - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      To the last, I will grapple with thee… from Hell’s heart, I stab at thee! For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee!

  5. rdly49ers - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I’m pretty sure he was joking but it was a gd one lol ..

  6. cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    He’s still in the league? First the news that Stackhouse is still around, now Darko. The NBA is bad shape, no wonder why the Heat won it all. Not much talent in the NBA now a days.

  7. doclolly - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Miami Should put a bid in so they assembled a roster with 4 of top 5 picks of the 2003 draft

  8. purpleprideinps - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Darko doesn’t need anymore money, he just gives it away to friends and family. If you offer him smokes, he will probably play harder. Just have an oxygen tank on the bench for his lazy ass. So much potential, but no drive. Another big man down the drain. No passion for the game. He needs to go back to Russia and stay!

  9. buffalo65 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Send him to the heat with the rest of his draft class.

  10. nobandwagonridersallowed - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    @ doclolly

    Lol! I was thinking the exact same thing. Then not only will we have 4 out of the top 5 in that draft, but all 4 would have a Championship Ring; because I believe Darko already won one with Detroit? Wow, the pressure would really be on, Carmelo Anthony, the 3rd pick in that draft to “Get Er Done”

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