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Monday, July 09, 2007

What is Darko worth? And who wants him?


Does Memphis want Darko? He may be asking as much as $9 to $10 million per year and Memphis has funds available.

From the article:

Memphis is expected to have up to $9 million in salary cap room to spend on a free agent. Milwaukee and Charlotte are the only other teams with money that is more than the mid-level exception.

Teams can officially sign free agents Wednesday once a moratorium is lifted and the NBA's salary cap is set.

The Grizzlies don't appear to be in any rush.

They also are exploring possible trades given the team can acquire salary without having to exchange players.

After selecting point guard Mike Conley with the fourth pick in the draft, the Griz have targeted a frontline player who can provide strong defense and rebounding next to Pau Gasol.

Although Cleveland has the right to match any offers, Varejao appears to have all the qualities the Griz are looking for. Varejao, 24, provides energy, effort and intangibles.

The 6-10, 240-pound forward has developed into a solid shot blocker and rebounder over the past three seasons.

Milicic is another intriguing option.

He is an unrestricted free agent after Orlando withdrew a qualifying offer to Milicic last Tuesday.

Reportedly, the 7-footer is looking for a long-term deal averaging between $9 and $10 million a year.


  • At 2:40 PM, Anonymous The Spin said…

    Darko is in cruise control. He is clearly not worth this amount, yet he will get it. Another team that should be looking for a big man is Houston. They need someone at power forward. The Euro-Asian combo of Darko in Yao would be interesting. Darko really much have a fantastic agent. I wrote up on Houston's needs. Check me at www.clutch3.com

  • At 6:14 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Who is to say what Darko's worth is? 8-9 million for a 7-footer with a silky smooth jumpshot and shot blocking ability is not high.

  • At 4:17 PM, Blogger Josh D said…

    Hey guys, your blog is awesome. How did you guys go about getting so many users. I just started one about the Magic. I actually have a link on mine to your site because I dig it so much.

  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Welcome josh d,happy to have you on our blog.

  • At 6:51 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The Magic have tried to execute a sign-and-trade deal with Milicic around the league, but NO TEAM has been willing to offer him a contract starting at more than the mid-level exception ($5.5 million). Milicic can get that deal without needing sign-and-trade assistance from the Magic. Just like i thought,darko thinks way to much of himself,have a nice career in charlotte or atlanta,the only teams with more than the MLE.

  • At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'll believe that Darko's not worth the MLE when I see it.

  • At 8:44 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Folks, be careful when it comes to numbers. One 's value is in the eyes of beholder. This is not about Darko but rather about what is good for the Magic. Otis Smith gets my vote for the pig-head of the year. It is foolish to piss off a player and his agent - unnecessarily - and yet say come sign with me because I can pay you the most. He could have been honest and disclose it to Darko's agent that his priority is Rashard Lewis, and ask for his patience, at which case nobody could have faulted him. I wish that Darko gets what his worth is, which in my book stands at 8-10 million. In all honesty, I predict that he will get it.


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