The Boston Celtics are about to add another veteran big man.
UPDATE: Sept. 20 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick is reporting that the Milicic signing is official, according to his sources.
Darko Milicic will be signing with Boston, source confirms. The center was amnestied by Minnesota in July.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) September 20, 2012
We'll keep you updated with any more terms and conditions of the contract right here.
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This impending move isn't much of a surprise, considering how size-starved this Boston team was during its run to the Eastern Conference finals last season.
Milicic, a legit seven-footer, will arrive at training camp, joining a rotation of bigs that has been overhauled this summer.
Boston’s frontcourt includes Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett starting at the 4 and 5, respectively, with veterans Chris Wilcox and Jason Collins, plus first-round rookies Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger serving as reserves off the bench.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft no longer has much upside, but as long as he is able to protect the rim, pull down boards, guard the bigger centers in the league and provide solid depth, the Celtics are getting a steal out of this minimum contract.
Darko, who has career averages of 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.9 assists, last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2011-12 season. He was amnestied by the organization in mid-July to get the remaining two years and $10 million of his deal off the books.
However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t productive during his time in Minnesota. The Serbian center put together his finest season in 2010-11. Milicic averaged 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, a whopping 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists as the starting center for 69 games.
He won’t be counted on to carry the Celtics defensively or play anywhere near the 24.4 minutes he averaged that year. As long as he can be productive in short stretches, Boston will have finally found a suitable backup for KG.
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