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.