NBA Rumors: Darko Milicic and the Hottest Names Linked to Top Contenders

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2012

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 15:  Darko Milicic #31 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 15, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 128-122.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It seems that most of the real contenders for the upcoming 2012-13 NBA campaign have already made their major offseason moves (see: the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash).

However, there are a still a few players floating around in the free-agent pile or overseas that could potentially be inked to a new contract by a playoff-bound franchise.

Let’s take a look at a few of the whispers and rumors buzzing about the league as of Thursday morning concerning these elite teams.


Darko Milicic in Beantown?

The much-maligned No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations foisted upon him nine years ago, but he’s still a somewhat serviceable rotation player.

According to the staff of (via, the Boston Celtics brass certainly feels he could be a contributor to the veteran squad.

Milicic also apparently has a strong desire to play in the NBA, as he’s reportedly turning down a three-year, $6 million offer from Real Madrid to play for what is assumed to be much less money and likely just one guaranteed year.

The 7’0", 275-pound center has career averages of 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

At 27 years old, the C’s can’t be expecting anything more than a backup to be used primarily to help shore up an undersized frontcourt.

Milicic should help protect the basket, spell Kevin Garnett and defend some of the bigger centers in the league. If he can adequately do all of that, he’s a fine signing for Boston.


Derek Fisher Back to OKC?

While the Oklahoma City Thunder already have Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor and Reggie Jackson under contract for the coming season, they still have their eyes on another PG.

That’s right, the franchise is interested in inking the 38-year-old Fisher to another contract.

According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times, Thunder coach Scott Brooks believes there still is hope to sign the 16-year veteran:

"Derek Fisher, just being around him, I can tell why he's loved by so many people and why the Lakers won so many championships," Brooks said. "He puts everything he has into every possession, every practice and every game. In our practices, he is 37 and he did everything we asked, every drill and every possession. He practices every day. It was great. I don't think we could've gone as far as we did without him. I thought he was terrific and I love him. I really have a lot of respect for him."

If the Thunder truly believe that Fisher made that much of an impact on their psyche, they need to give him a veteran’s minimum contract and get him back on the team.

Even if he doesn’t play more than a few minutes a night at most, his presence would be undeniable in the locker room.


Knicks Not a Fit for Shawne Williams?

After his breakout 2010-11 season, Shawne Williams jumped ship from the New York Knicks to the New Jersey Nets.

It turned out to be a mistake, as his time in Jersey was plagued by injury, and he is now looking for a job.

According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN, the forward would love his old spot with the Knicks back, but the franchise just isn’t interested.

Williams averaged 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.7 assists in 20.7 minutes per game during his time with the Knickerbockers.

He’s a strong forward that can guard multiple positions due to his solid 6’9”, 230-pound stature.

However, the N.Y. brass is hoping that it can land Kenyon Martin or Louis Amundson before the season and isn’t rushing to sign anyone at this time.


Keep it tuned here on B/R to find out if the C’s finally ink Milicic to a deal, where Fisher signs, what exactly the Knicks decide to do about the backup PF position and anything else related to hoops rumors.