Darko Milicic is leaning toward leaving the Boston Celtics for season and returning to Europe to be with ill mother, league sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 19, 2012
Darko was not with the team last night for personal reasons, and it appears those personal reasons have to do with the health of his mother.
First and foremost, we want to wish Darko and his family well. Personal matters like this are extremely difficult, and we would support any player, from Darko to KG, who felt the need to be with a seriously ill relative.
From a strictly basketball perspective, Darko’s departure would free up a roster spot for the Celtics to pursue a big man who can be productive. I think once we saw that he wasn’t playing in a blowout win, he wasn’t going to play at all. I know people will point to Kenyon Martin (he’s a popular name), as someone who is still available.
But I repeat, these are not the circumstances under which anyone wanted Darko gone. We wish him and his family well, if that’s indeed what he chooses.