The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived center Darko Milicic, designating him as the team's amnesty player. The amnesty provision allows a team to waive one player and not have his salary count against the salary cap or luxury tax.
Milicic spent parts of three seasons as Minnesota's starting center, averaging 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over 122 games, 110 starts with the Wolves. The Wolves originally acquired the 7-foot-0 center from the New York Knicks on Feb. 17, 2010.
Milicic began the 2011-12 season as the team’s starting center, but he began seeing less time in late January when Nikola Pekovic returned from a groin injury and started earning minutes. Pekovic went on to have a breakout campaign, averaging 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds over the course of the year and establishing himself in February and March as a difficult center to handle on both the offensive and defensive ends.
While Pekovic was gaining minutes, Milicic suffered a string of injuries that kept him from dressing much of the second half of the season. He missed 11 of the team’s final 12 games of the season. During the 2011-12 campaign, Milicic averaged 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. His top performance of the year came on Jan. 20, when he shot 10-of-15 from the field, scored 22 points and added seven rebounds during a 101-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Milicic was drafted second overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2003 NBA Draft. He spent three years with the Pistons before spending time with the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.