The latest stop on the Tour de Darko has landed in Boston. CSNNE.com reports the big man will sign a one-year deal for the veterans minimum with the Celtics.
Milic, 27, has been traveling through the NBA since he was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the second overall pick in the 2003 Draft. See where he has been leading up to Beantown:
2003: Drafted by the Pistons on June 26 with the second pick following LeBron James
2006: Traded by the Pistons (with former Celtic Carlos Arroyo) to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Kelvin Cato and a 2007 first round pick on February 15
2007: Signed with the Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent on July 16
2009: Traded by the Grizzlies to the New York Knicks on June 25 in exchange for Quentin Richardson and cash
2010: Traded by the Knicks (with cash) to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Brian Cardinal on February 17
2012: Waived by the Timberwolves on July 12. He will sign with the Celtics in September.
Milicic has a career average of 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 18.5 minutes over 467 games. He has worn number 31 on every team throughout his career. The Celtics retired that number in 2003 for Cedric Maxwell.
Former Celtics and current Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is up to his old tricks, apparently.
The Bulls have suspended Rondo for Monday’s game due to conduct detrimental to the team, with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical saying that the suspension is the result of a “heated exchange” the 30-year-old had with a Bulls assistant during or after the team’s 107-82 loss to the Mavericks Saturday.
Rondo clashing with others is nothing new. He once shattered a television on which the Celtics were showing him game footage to critique him and had to be carried out kicking and screaming by Kevin Garnett. Chris Sheridan reported in 2013 that Doc Rivers had an “intense dislike” for Rondo and that the two almost fought.
After being traded out of Boston, Rondo was suspended for a game by the Mavericks after a shouting match with Rick Carlisle. Last December, he was suspended for calling referee Bill Kennedy a homophobic slur, leading to Kennedy coming out as gay.
Interestingly enough, there's something of a pattern of Rondo's bigger infractions occuring in games against former teams. The Kennedy incident came in a game against the Celtics, while this recent one was against Dallas.
This is the first season of a two-year, $28 million Rondo signed with the Bulls in the offseason. He is averaging 8.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game and 6.7 rebounds a night.
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