BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Celtics are the favorite to land veteran forward Darko Milicic, according to reports.

The former number-two overall pick in 2003 is heading back to the US and is expected to sign with an NBA team in the coming days. The Celtics reportedly had interest in him back in July, but he went overseas to explore his options. He reportedly turned down a three-year, $6 million deal with Real Madrid (not the soccer team) because he wanted to try to play in the NBA again.

In nine years of NBA service, Milicic played for five different teams, averaging just six points and 4.2 rebounds. The 27-year-old Serbian never lived up to the hype, and could go down as one of the biggest busts of all time.

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However, Milicic stands at 7-feet tall and will likely sign for the veteran minimum, making it a low-risk, potentially high-reward signing for Boston. They currently have Jason Collins and Fab Melo as the only other centers behind Kevin Garnett, so adding Milicic will give them more depth at a position that has haunted them the past few years.

Stats: Celtics Depth Chart

And if it doesn’t work out, Milicic will be an easy contract to cut ties with.



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