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Darko’s agent says his client is playing in NBA next season

Aug 1, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

Darko Milicic is not going to be manna from heaven for some European team.

After being amnestied by the Minnesota Timberwolves there has not been teams falling over themselves to get Darko. Which led to speculation the Serbian big man might head to Europe to earn a paycheck where they might appreciate his skills.

No. He’s staying here. That’s what his agent Marc Cornstein told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“He will be back in the NBA.’’ The Miami Heat remain in the mix as a team looking at Milicic. However, Cornstein said Milicic is still looking at a number of NBA teams, and there’s no timetable yet as to when he might sign.

This is the point in the summer when a lot of role-playing veterans wait for some team to come forward and offer them more than the veteran minimum. In September as training camps get close to staring Oct. 1, they realize that is not coming, they accept their fate and sign for the minimum.

That is where we seem to be with Darko. The only question is where he will sign a deal. Miami makes some sense (they could use size) but we shall see.

  1. thestudiokida - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Well the one team he mentioned, Miami Heat, has already used their mini-mid-level exception and they’re over the cap and supposedly not making money so I doubt they can sign Darko to anything but a minimum contract. Not to mention WHY THE HELL WOULD THEY SIGN DARKO WHEN THEY JUST WON A CHAMPIONSHIP ONLY PLAYING CENTERS 10 MINUTES IN THE ENTIRE NBA FINALS?!?!?!

    They don’t need a center is my point. LeBron is now a power forward and Bosh is the center.

    • hodaghunter - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      You always add size when possible. Darko will probably just sit at the end of the bench but should something ever happen it would be nice to put James at the 3 to cause size mismatches and Bosh at the 4.
      You forget that James called the playoffs last year a learning experience and he admitted that he took a heavy beating playing the 4 position against players taller and just as big as him. You don’t want to wear out your star player in the regular season

  2. lakerluver - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Oh, yes they do need a center. Maybe not to get out of the East. But to beat my LAKERS in the Finals they’re gonna need some size. Bosh and LeBron can’t match up with Pau and Bynum/D12.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      I lol’d…the Lakers? Really? Red Auerbach has a better chance of being in the finals

  3. xli2006 - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Flashback: Pistons pass on Carmelo to take Darko. Fate is a crazy beast.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Weak attempt. If you want to rile us up, you have to do better than that.

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    At least if he sits on the end of Miami’s bench he can continue his streak of having a higher ratio of cigarette packs per day than point per game.

  6. DonRSD - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    1. LeBron
    2. Darko
    3. Melo
    4. Bosh
    5. Wade

    They would have 4 of the top 5 picks.
    Pistons were dumb for not picking Melo. At the time they didn’t need him, but never draft for need – draft the best player available.

    LET’S GO HEAT!!!

    Don’t forget that in 2006 the Heat had Shaq, Mourning & Laettner.

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