Boston Celtics Rumors: Darko Milicic To Sign?

By Jason Van Hoven, Posted: 09/20/12 10:57AM EDT

The Boston Celtics have a full roster already, but they are still the favorites to sign the former second overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft Darko Milicic, according to Sportando.

The Minnesota Timberwolves amnestied Milicic in July in order to have cap space to offer a four-year, $46 million contract to then-restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. Batum agreed to the offer, but the Portland Trail Blazers matched it. As a result, the Timberwolves signed forwards Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko shortly thereafter.

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Milicic returned to his native Serbia after being cut and while there, he was offered a three-year, $6 million deal from Real Madrid to play in Spain. However, he rejected the contract with the intent to play in the NBA.

Serbian sports site reports that Milicic is flying back to the United States and that he will likely sign an NBA contract in the coming days with the Celtics being the favorites. Because of his limited production ever since being drafted nine years ago, however, it's very likely that he will just receive either a one-year or two-year deal that will play him less than what Real Madrid offered him.

The Celtics' starting lineup will be somewhat smaller this season with Kevin Garnett playing center, but they did draft Fab Melo and sign Jason Collins to fortify the position. Milicic on board would only fortify it more and, at the same time, add depth to the power forward position behind Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger if needed.

The Celtics start training camp a week from Saturday and have the ability like every other team to take 20 players into it. Once the season starts, all teams must cut their rosters down to fifteen. 

Milicic played in 29 games last season for Minnesota, averaging 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks.


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