They’ve now done just that.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com reported via Twitter that the Celtics have signed Milicic to a min deal.
The move is just what the Doc ordered. The C’s needed some front court depth, and for all Milicic isn’t, he is a quality backup.
Did he ever live up to the lofty expectations of being a No. 2 overall pick in the loaded 2003 NBA Draft? Certainly not. But that isn’t what the Celtics expect of him, and at this point, nine years later, it hardly even matters.
Milicic will do what is asked of him, and what the Celtics need: bang, rebound, block a few shots, and provide six more fouls.
All that is better than Jason Collins, who only does the last thing on that list—pick up fouls. Milicic is also a good mid-range shooter, which will serve Kevin Garnett well when double teamed in the post. For that matter, between Garnett and Milicic, the Celtics will have one of the better front court shooting tandems in the league. And that’s not even hinging on any expectations that Darko will start.
There will be those rolling their eyes at this move and calling Milicic a bust that doesn’t belong in the NBA. Those same people will be sitting back in silent defiance as the Celtics thrust themselves deep into the playoffs, possibly winning a championship, behind the experience of a player who already has two rings. While he barely saw the court in winning those rings with the Detroit Pistons, he very well could help the Celtics win their 18th banner, and collect himself a third ring.