Rivers: Milicic 'most likely' won't return to Celtics

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Rivers: Milicic 'most likely' won't return to Celtics

WALTHAM, MA The Boston Celtics are in the process of severing ties with Darko Milicic.

"Most likely, yes," was C's head coach Doc Rivers' response when asked if Milicic's time in Boston was over.

Milicic is in Europe with his ill mother and may consider staying there instead of returning to Boston.

Rivers acknowledged that the situation with Milicic's mother had been discussed previously, and that his decision to leave the team did not come as a surprise.

"We've talked about it three or four times," Rivers said.

The Celtics signed Milicic to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum before the season. If Milicic does not return, the Celtics would likely waive him and reach some type of buy-out agreement, which would then create an open roster spot.

There isn't a very deep pool of free agents still available, but one player who will get some consideration in forward Kenyon Martin.

Rivers did not sound overly optimistic about the Celtics adding another player to replace Milicic on the C's roster.

"We're going to look around, but I can tell you that we are in no rush," Rivers said.

Milicic's departure ends a run that saw him play just five minutes, a signal of just how little impact this former No. 2 overall pick had on the Celtics roster.

And while his struggles certainly weren't helped by the steadily-improving play of Chris Wilcox, there was no doubt in Rivers' mind that the health issues affecting Milicic's family wore on him mentally.

"You could see a change with him when he found out his mom wasn't doing well," Rivers said. "There's no doubt about that."

Rivers added, "I told him he has to do what he thinks is right. I'm going to support him one way or another."

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

We knew back on the night of the draft that as the Cavaliers desperately looked for a way to pry Paul George out of Indiana, they started involving third teams in the talks (because Indy had no interest in Kevin Love for Paul George straight up, not should they). Phoenix was involved, but that fizzled. So did talks involving Denver.

But those latter ones didn’t die the night of the draft, according to reports that came out over the weekend. Denver, Cleveland, and Indiana were still talking about a three-team deal that would land Love in Denver and George in Cleveland. The challenge for Cleveland was finding the combination of young players and draft picks that Indiana wants in a deal — Indy is rumored to want a lottery pick (preferably high lottery) and a young player or players.

Now that Denver three-team is “very unlikely” to happen, according to Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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NFL's Top 10 list revealed Monday night: Where does Tom Brady wind up?

NFL's Top 10 list revealed Monday night: Where does Tom Brady wind up?

NFL players vote every year on which players should make up the list of the best their game has to offer, but it's an imperfect system. And that's probably putting it lightly. 

The NFL Network will reveal the final 10 players on its annual Top 100 list Monday night at 8 p.m. It will be an order that has been chosen by some players, not all. Of those who took part, some hastily made their way through a handful of names at the end of last season handing over their choices. 

Yet it's the list the league ends up with, for better or for worse, prompting responses like JJ Watt's when he found out he was No. 35 this year after playing in three games last season. 

On NFL.com, the Top 100 list is described as the answer to the question, "Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today?" If that's the criteria -- and not simply performance in 2016 -- then Watt's complaint actually doesn't hold much water. If he's healthy, no one would argue that he's one of the best 35 players "in the NFL today."

This year, several Patriots players from 2016 made the cut: Rob Gronkowski (No. 23), LeGarrette Blount (No. 80), Julian Edelman (No. 71), Dont'a Hightower (No. 94) and Malcolm Butler (No. 99). 

Tom Brady will be the last of Bill Belichick's players to be named. He's lumped into a Top 10 that will include Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Ezekiel Elliott, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Von Miller and Khalil Mack.

Here's what we think the list should look like when the curtain falls on the finale of this flawed endeavor:

10. Elliott
9. Beckham
8. Bell
7. Brown
6. Ryan
5. Jones
4. Miller
3. Mack
2. Rodgers
1. Brady