Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Darko Is Free

With the Magic agreeing to sign Rashard Lewis to a max contract, Darko Milicic (who wasn't contacted by the Magic on the first day of free agency) won't be getting the $10 million a year he's looking for in Orlando.

John Denton of Florida Today, reports that only three other teams (Milwaukee, Minnesota, and Atlanta) are capable of offering Darko more than the MLE:
Milicic is a restricted free agent, meaning the Magic have the right to match any offer he receives. [Milicic’s agent, Marc] Cornstein said he received calls from "half the teams in the league," but only four of them -- Milwaukee, Minnesota, Atlanta and Orlando -- can offer him more than the mid-level exception ($5.5 million).
Any of those teams would be help themselves by acquiring a 22-year-old big man with some potential for improvement but none of those teams should want to make Darko Milicic their second-highest paid player. Milicic is young enough that he could still have a major contract offer the next time he hits free agency. I don't think he should forgo contributing to a good team for the MLE in the hopes that a bad team signs him to an expensive deal because they hope he will someday be worth it.

1 comment:

The Spin said...

Unfortunately Darko will always be overshadowed by the draft he was a part of. Selected in front of Bosh, Mello and Wade, he'll have all the reason to sit down when he's 90 years old and just laugh. I wouldn't even want that guy on my team for the bad publicity he's going to get when his career is over and they show footage of one of the biggest draft busts of all time.