BOSTON (CBS) – Darko Milicic’s days with the Celtics may be numbered.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Milic is leaning towards leaving the team for the rest of the season and returning to Europe to be with his sick mother.
Milicic did not travel with the Celtics for their 103-83 loss to the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday, and Wojnarowski’s sources say he is leaning strongly towards a return to Serbia.
The 27-year-old Milicic has not played for Boston since their home opener on November 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks, when he logged just one rebound in five minutes on the floor. Milicic had a promising preseason with Boston, but was slowed by a lingering hand injury. He eventually fell on the Celtics’ depth chart, with veteran center Jason Collins getting some playing time over him in last week’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Should Milicic go, it will likely spell the end to his nine-year NBA career. Milicic has been a vast disappointment since being selected second overall in 2003, averaging just 6 points and 4.2 rebounds for six different teams over his career.
Should Milicic head overseas, the Celtics could be in the market for another big man. One name that has surfaced is free agent Kenyon Martin, who averaged five points and four rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers last season.
The 34-year-old Martin went unsigned over the summer. He’s averaged 13 points and seven rebounds over his 12-year NBA career.