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Report from Europe says Darko Milicic may sign with Boston

Sep 20, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

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Darko Milicic a Celtic?

Stranger things have happened. Not many, but the fact you know who Snooki is proves anything is possible.

We know that Milicic has been looking for an NBA job since being amnestied by the Timberwolves this summer, but is one of the veterans finding the market tight. He had returned to his native Serbia but a report out of Europe has him coming back stateside to ink an NBA deal, reports Sportando (a great source of European basketball news).

Darko Milicic, as reported by Novosti.rs, is flying to the States and he will likely sign his new contract in the NBA in the coming days. The Boston Celtics are the favorite to sign the Serbian player who turned down a three-year, $6M offer from Real Madrid in the summer because he wants to play in the NBA.

First, I recommend taking this rumor with salt. I prefer Kosher salt but if you have a sea salt with some nice mineral flavoring that will work as well. Just be sure to use it liberally here.

If Milicic did turn down a $6 million offer from Real Madrid then he is willing to take less to come back to the NBA. He likely only gets a one year deal (maybe there is a team option for a second year) at less than half of what Madrid would have paid. That said, Milicic’s agent has been clear his client wanted to return to the NBA not play overseas.

Boston plans to play small a lot this year (I’m not sure when 6’11” Kevin Garnett at center became “small” but we’ll play along). However, even teams going that route need one traditional center on the roster for defensive purposes, for when they have to go against Andrew Bynum or Roy Hibbert. Thing is, Boston already has Jason Collins for that role. Plus they have Chris Wilcox off the bench. The Celtics have no available roster spots to put anyone, and while size is always a premium I’m not sure they eat a contract to add Darko to the roster.

But stranger things have happened. Either way, Darko is coming. He is working his way back to the NBA if he can.

  1. tcclark - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Hold the laughter. This would actually be a good signing. Darko’s a much better option than Jason Collins, and depending on the season, could be a better option than Chris Wilcox. They need a defensive center and some size. Darko is not a star like he could’ve been, but he is a good defensive center. It would be a good low risk signing.

  2. deeballer - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Wow, dangling a 7ft white center in front of Boston is like dangling a carrot in front of a rabbit. How could it refuse?

    • money2long - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      reportedly, he is a celtic as of now

  3. miamatt - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Not a difference maker, but this could be a solid signing for Boston. It is highly questionabke whether it is worth eating somebody else’s contract for the sake of adding Darko, but still, there is nothing wrong with stockpiling depth at a particular position if the Celtics have a plan to utilize these guys.

  4. money2long - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    i had an english teacher in high school who decided to take 5 minutes of class to express to us, the students, the pointlessness of the word utilize. he basically said it’s a smug way of trying to show you like intricate words. he said, “just say use, that’s all that word is.” i just thought it was funny.

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