Coming off an interesting draft where they took Mike Conley, Jr. with Kyle Lowry already on the roster, the Memphis Grizzlies finally decided to address their front court, agreeing to a contract with unrestricted free agent Darko Milicic. The contract is believed to be worth in the vicinity of $21 million for three years, which is higher than the mid-level exception.
Milicic, who spent the last season and a half with Orlando, was a restricted free agent coming into the off-season. However, when Orlando agreed to a sign-and-trade with Seattle to bring in Rashard Lewis, Milicic was granted unrestricted free agency.
The Serbian forward is probably best known for being drafted #2 overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2003 NBA Draft, ahead of NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Milicic struggled mightily with the Pistons and rarely saw playing time under coaches Larry Brown and Flip Saunders. He was subsequently traded by the Pistons on February 15, 2006 along with point guard Carlos Arroyo for Kelvin Cato and a 2007 first-round pick, which the Pistons used to draft Rodney Stuckey out of Eastern Washington.