Darko Milicic, who was amnestied this summer by the Minnesota Timberwolves, is reportedly on the verge of signing another NBA contract and the Boston Celtics are the front-runners to land him, according to a report Thursday morning from Sportando.net:
Darko Milicic [i]s 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.
The problem is, the Celtics don’t have any room on their current roster. The team re-signed forward-center Chris Wilcox in July after releasing him in March because of a heart irregularity. Whether or not the team cuts him again for the second time six months to make room for Milicic is an option that will have to be considered in the coming days if the team is in fact interested in signing the Serbian.
Milicic, drafted second overall in the 2003 NBA Draft behind LeBron James, would likely see limited minutes on a team that will play Kevin Garnett as its big man for certain games this season. The Celtics have a number of forwards and already have seven-footer Jason Collins and Wilcox, so it’s unlikely that Milicic would play a lot if he did sign with Boston…unless, of course, he started playing like a second-overall pick. For his career, he has averaged 6.0 and 4.2 rebounds in 18 minutes.