Report: Milicic headed to Memphis
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly agreed to
a deal with forward/center Darko Milicic.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal, citing an NBA source, reported that the seven-
foot unrestricted free agent has come to terms in principle on a three-year
deal with a starting salary in the range of at least $6 million.
Milicic played 80 games for the Orlando Magic last season, starting 16, and
averaged a career-best 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. He was acquired by Orlando
in a trade from Detroit during the 2005-06 season.
The Pistons made Milicic the second overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft and he
languished on the bench for most of his first three seasons. He played only 34
games his rookie year and averaged just 1.4 points, then played just 37 games
the following season and saw limited action during 25 games in 2005-06 before
being dealt to Orlando.
Milicic, just 22 years old, could have been a Grizzly from the start of his
career. Detroit received Memphis’ top pick in the 2003 draft as part of a
trade a few years earlier.