Our Boston Celtics are reportedly interested in adding Darko Milicic to the roster, at the league minimum, to help shore up an iffy big man situation. Only Fab Melo can be considered a true center, and it’s unknown exactly how many minutes or what kind of role Melo will play as a rookie. Greg Stiemsma could return, but there are other dollars to be had elsewhere - especially if the Timberwolves aren’t bluffing. We’ve got Kevin Garnett and Chris Wilcox, but both are power forwards in the truest sense of the word. KG could likely start at center again this season, but Doc Rivers will likely limit Garnett’s minutes to keep him healthy and revved up for the playoffs.
And, given the limited options available for another big, a player like Milicic has at least drawn cursory interest from Danny Ainge and the Celtics brass.
We know the Milicic story well – drafted ahead of D-Wade, Melo (Carmelo, not our 2012 model otherwise known as Fab), and Chris Bosh. Milicic has since become an overgrown journeyman, bouncing from team-to-team thanks in large part (okay, thanks only to) his size. Problem is, Darko doesn’t have a back-to-the-basket game, a staple of big men since the dawn of time (or at least since the first peach basket was nailed up by James Naismith).
Yeah, Darko is a stiff. Let’s just say it. But we’ve had stiffs on the team before – players like Greg Kite, the raw-boned center from BYU that played during the 80s. Kite had zero offensive ability, and could barely walk and chew gum at the same time. At least Darko can put the ball in the hole on occasion, although that wouldn’t be the reason for bringing him in. He would strictly be a depth charge for the Celtics, giving them a big who can bang and foul and play defense.
Who knows – if Stiemsma leaves as expected, the Celtics could very well add Milicic to the roster. Not a great add, but not bad if it’s at the league minimum.