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Spears: Darko Milicic to Boston?

A source tells Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that the Celtics, along with the Nets and Clippers, have apparently clipped three proofs of purchases from specially-marked boxes of Cookie Crisp to enter the Darko Milicic sweepstakes after he cleared amnesty waivers today, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Darko, the second overall pick in arguably the greatest draft ever, would compete to replace Greg Stiemsma’s minutes at backup or third string center with Fab Melo and Chris Wilcox. Despite his seven feet, his rebound rate is on par with Brandon Bass’s with less efficient scoring. He’d be useful for frontcourt depth if he could be signed for a reasonable price, which he can.

He’d also potentially fit in with other Celtics because he’s an insane weirdo. Rasheed Wallace famously referred to Darko as a “Serbian gangster” who’s “got some bodies back there.” Darko supported this assertion with this extremely NSFW rant after a Serbian game.

Kind of pulling for this one.

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  • cowboy

    If he comes for the vet minimum, that would be a good signing.

  • Phil

    Ugh, please no. I don't care if he pays to come here. He's a bad locker room guy who contributes almost nothing on the court. Just bring Hollins back if you need another terrible big man clogging up the roster under the guise of depth.

    • cowboy

      I have never heard of him being a bad locker room guy.

  • smalltownID

    HD, "Brian Scalabrine, armed with a crossover more lethal than a thousand cobras, remains available." Thought you'd appreciate this quote with your sense of humor.

  • Chief

    @phil couldn’t agree more, made me feel sick as soon as I read it.

  • Tom

    If he accepts the bi-annual exception we can still pursue courtney lee with the MLE after a sign-and-trade for jason terry

  • butterbeanlove

    Good God no please God no

  • CTVT802

    Is there any news on PIETRUS? Haven't heard a word the whole offseason

  • Montrossdad

    He’s considerably more skilled than hollins, and Stiemsma for that matter; which I’m sure will come across as sacrilege on here.

    Would be a solid acquisition.

    • Sophomore

      Well, Stiemsma was the next Bill Russell, after all.

  • Lantrell Walker

    I don't really see the need for Darko in Boston. Out of 48 minutes a game at center, KG will play 24 minutes a game next season, Wilcox can spell him with 15 minutes and Melo should get a decent 9 minutes a game.

    • Celtics

      Melo is way too raw to see any playing time next season. Stiemsma should be playing the majority of backup minutes at center next season.

      • Lantrell Walker

        Stiemsma is pretty much gone at this point and 9 minutes a game isn't a whole lot, but it's a good enough learning curve for Fab Melo. He'll also have training camp and practices to learn more and more about Doc's system and find his comfort zone.

  • Celtics

    Forget Mayo and Lee. Too much competition for their services, and they're hard to afford anyway. Get Leandro Barbosa at the veteran's minimum, and call it an offseason.

    • Lantrell Walker

      I would suspect that Mayo ends up in Phoenix, but Lee is still very much in play. DA still trying to work out a sign-and-trade with the Rockets, but he feels pretty good about his odds. A package or Moore or Dooling, Johnson, S. Williams and a pick would be enough to land Lee in Boston on a deal similar to Terry's.

  • Celtics

    Actually, scratch that. Get both Leandro Barbosa and Brian Scalabrine at the veteran's minimum, and call it an offseason.

  • GreenM&M

    N.O. to Darko!

    He isn't a good character guy. Not the kind of guy that fits on our team.

  • Sophomore

    Not sure we need a guy who's so focused on whining about the refs. Haven't seen that win a game yet – and for authority I'm citing Rajon Rondo, basketball genius: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wkOH_WR8mg

    • CelticsBIG3

      Whining to the refs seemed to get Miami pretty far considering they won the championship.

  • Murph413

    The only reason people are so down on Milicic is he was drafted so high. He’s not terrible, can probably contribute at least as much as Steimsma and definately better than Hollins overall. Ive never heard anything about being bad in the lockeroom but I do question his motivation.

  • Anthony

    I'm sure another team will outbid for Darko but it couldn't hurt to have another big in the line-up. I rather have Darko than JO… or Troy Murphy…or Mikki Moore. Winning bid for Brendan Haywood was $2.1mil.

    How was it the Celts didn't go after CJ Watson? He signed a 2yr veteran's minimum contract with the Nets. I actually would prefer him over Courtney Lee. He was a great spot-starter for D-Rose, played under Thibs so would know a little about the Celts-type defense.

  • I_Love_Green

    Please no.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Are we trying to one-up Philadelphia by drafting another piece of crap center?

    *IE… Kwame Brown

  • Josh

    Hahaha I love the opening line Hayes!

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