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Free Darko!

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Legendary bust Darko Milicic says he’s going to look to head to Europe once his contract expires at the end of this year. It’s probably a good idea. The odd thing about Darko is that having been a such a disappointment as the number two pick in a draft that included Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony he’s now probably become underrated. He’s a below-average player, but so are half the guys in the league. There’s at least one backup center on every team, and Darko fits right in with the rest of ‘em. People don’t give Solomon Jones a hard time, but they’re basically the same. But Darko will never wear off the taint of his draft class and his foreigness—if he goes to Europe he’ll be a pretty good player and everyone will forget about it.

But man oh man how much better-off would Detroit have been if they’d managed to trade down in that draft?