Grizzlies sign Milicic
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies signed free agent
forward/center Darko Milicic. Per team policy, financial terms were not
Milicic played 80 games for the Orlando Magic last season, starting 16, and
averaged a career-best eight points and 5.5 rebounds. He was acquired by
Orlando in a trade from Detroit during the 2005-06 season.
“We are pleased that Darko Milicic has become a Grizzly,” said Memphis general
manager and vice president Chris Wallace. “Darko is just 22 years old but
already has been in the NBA for four seasons. He has been blessed with
tremendous basketball skills, excellent size and impressive athletic ability.
In Detroit he was exposed to a championship organization, and in Orlando he
practiced alongside a great big man in Dwight Howard and received significant
playing time as well as playoff experience. In Memphis, he will play for Marc
Iavaroni who is recognized as one of the premier teachers of big men in the
game. Darko is poised to take a major step in his career and Memphis is the
perfect place for him to blossom.”
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.