Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 10:29 am  |  45 responses

Real Madrid Offering Darko $11 Million?

It’s no secret Darko wants out of the L, asap. The possibility of becoming Real Madrid’s single-highest paid player in team history could be part of it. Word is the alleged contract is three-years, $7.5 million euros ($10.86 million, US). Too much?

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  • thetalkingcomb


  • tmw

    go for it.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    It’s time to take his sorry, whining ass back to the Euroleague.

  • LA Huey

    I hope that team sucks so that he gets frustrated as hell. I really want an encore to that classic postgame interview.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ


  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Considering that it’s a net figure, he’d have to at least get a 15 mil for 3 years deal to consider staying in the L. Not happening.

  • RickyRude

    Darko will be a beast in playing system back in Europe. Dude used to be a spot-on 3 point shooter few years ago, but NBA teams never developed his outside game, or played him. Given the opportunity, Milicic will develop. Mark my words.

  • http://www.luketynan.blogspot.com litetitan

    The NBA: Where Darko never seeing that kind of money happens.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Yeah, it’s all the fault of the 3 NBA teams Darko has played for that he never developed. Dude just doesn’t have the skill or the heart to play in the L. Bottom line.

  • mems

    when did joe dumars take over the real madrid team??

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    This ain’t no Euroleague, all right.

  • makin chapman

    11 million WTF ?

  • http://thegoodpoint.com Sam Joynt

    Take the money and run…to the bench.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    What’s so surprising, Joe Dumars made him a top pick in the draft, the GM of the decade saw something in him, so he must be good, because Joe Dumars is the best GM in the world, just look at Joe Dumars free agent signings this year and their record. Joe Dumars obviously knows what he is doing and Darko was a beneft from his GM skills and is parlaying his great knowledge learned from Detroit, while sitting the bench into cash money. WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS!!!

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Given what opportunity? Early in his career, he was surrounded by the same Pistons veteran core that nurtured guys like Tayshaun, Maxiel, Amir, Bynum and Stuckey. These guys all turned out more than fine, and it’s been well documented how big a role the Pistons vets played in nurturing these guys. Darko also had opportunities in much less talented teams, like Memphis and NY, to show his stuff. It’s been more than half a decade. If you guys think he’ll blow up playing in Europe, then I’d think that’s pretty insulting to “Euroleague” fans out there. Because Darko sucks, and so does Kwame and Olowokandi. If these guys weren’t top draft picks we’d never stupidly hold on to the faintest glimmer of hope that they’d eventually blossom.

  • somedude

    Tayshaun, Maxiel, Amir, Bynum and Stuckey weren’t 18 year old kids from Europe. Nurturing someone that young who just came to a new country is a different thing.

  • http://none The Philosopher

    Is Darko a free mason on the down low, or something?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    I’m not sure Darko would work for Real Madrid. Besides, I think Real should give Karim Benzema more opportunities instead of going after Darko. Although an attack consisting of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain, Benzema and Darko would be very formidable. Especially since Darko is very good at being tall.

  • tavoris

    why would a team overpay for a play who WANTS to go back to Europe?

  • Shem

    I guarantee he’ll play good in europe and come back to the league when this contract is done , thinking hes great and it’ll happen all over again

  • NickthaQuick

    Wouldn’t it be great if he ends up being the Human Victory Cigar on Real Madrid just like he’s been all his NBA life. Mothers, wives and sisters of referees there should be warned!

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    @ somedude: Uh Amir came straight out of high school. Not sure his age, but he wasn’t much older than Darko, if at all. And look at players like Andrew Bynum. Youngest guy to ever enter the league, and he’s gonna be an all-star.

  • d.j.

    ummm darko gots $ yall he made about 38+ mill so far in the NBA believe it or not… but ya Madrid is still seeing potential in him like Detroit did with the #2 difference is he will actually perform and preform well in europe trust me…

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    TADOne Posted: Jan.12 at 11:31 am
    Yeah, it’s all the fault of the 3 NBA teams Darko has played for that he never developed. Dude just doesn’t have the skill or the heart to play in the L. Bottom line.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    I say Make money, money, make, money, money, money! Go Darko. You’ll propably do well in Spain.

  • jackson

    i love how all u yanks are so ingnorant that you didnt get the christiano ronaldo jab by tariq… it makes me laugh!!!

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Actually, I’ll talk back heart. I think the kid has a lot of heart, I’ve seen him, he really tries.
    I think he lacks a lot of stuff mentally, like dealing with blown plays, balancing offense/passing/doing things off the ball, communication, etc. etc. One could argue that was never developed by the NBA teams he played for, but a lot of that is hard to develop. He really looked lost out there.
    And he just didn’t have enough skill as everyone had hoped to overcome these issues.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Other European teams want to pay big bucks (euros) for Kwame Brown, Steve Francis, Starbury or Allen Iverson for that matter (Lil’Nate?)

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Darko Milicic: Where Euroleague expansion ceased to happen.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ DIMITRIS DIAMANTIDIS

    Fu*k Mesina and the masonism imposed by the Euroleague organizers….get Marco, Darco and even bring back Franco if you wish,i don’t care, GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!! See you in Paris loser….(7-9 May)
    by the way: a happy new year to every body and especially SLAM posters!!!! (“20-day christmas vacations” is what i live for….)

  • http://ijustwantmynametolookbig.com Chukaz

    wtf i thought zeke was wit some community college in florida… who da f*ck gave him da power to hand out deals in europe? he already made one league go under, is euroleague up next?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    id like to see tapes of darko in europe before the draft. ppl were talking about dribbling, passing and shooting skills that i never ever saw when he was in the nba.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    Ive yet to see him play good. . . . ever. Sure he was decent for some games in Orlando but this guy fails. He dosent deserve any of this overpriced euro paycheck he may get

  • RickyRude

    I’m not sure how his skills progressed over the years with small roles, but if you could go back when he got drafted, and gave him solid 20-25 minutes burn per game, moved him to PF spot instead of C (he’s not strong enough for a C), he had the potential to develop into Bargnani type player. I know that’s not saying a whole lot, but he would be much better today instead of being tossed around like he’s garbage.

  • nastierthanu

    Hey darko baby I got yo money don’t u worry darko baby I got yo money. Wow

  • http://seriously.anything.works.here Dave

    I find it hard to believe that even a team with that much money would spend it on a guy who has hardly seen daylight for this long.

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    After only a few games, Marko Jaric is running the show in Madrid and leading the team in minutes, so they have no problem with letting folks go wild who “haven’t seen daylight” in a while. I wouldn’t be surprised if Madrid were after him, but they hardly need him with Garbajosa, Darjus Lavrinovic and Felipe Reyes in tow. However, every move they make is only to stick with Barca, whose big man rotation is deep as hell. Maccabi just let Maciej Lampe go, so maybe they’ll be in the mix? Honestly, I thought Olympiacos would make a move but it wouldn’t be until next year. Good luck Darko.

  • JoeMaMa

    I’m not defending Darko’s whole career, but he was a kid adapting to a new country, culture, basketball system, behind on a championships contending team under a coach who’s notorious for not playing rookies. He was drafted on his long term potential, as the Pistons were already set with their team. It was lauded as a “smart move” to have continuity a few years down the road. I think it turned Darko sour, personally, and that cloud stayed over him during his career. The guy never had a chance to play through his mistakes until he was branded as one himself. Obviously the guy had a few chances, but he didn’t walk into a good situation, and couldn’t handle it. Probably could’ve been a 16/10/2 guy in the right spot.

  • tavoris

    Darko doesn’t lack skill or heart – he lacks CONFIDENCE. Larry Brown broke his spirit early & he never recovered (just like MJ broke Kwame’s spirit as a rookie).

  • Cizzo

    They might as well donate that money to there favorite terrorist organization!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Tavoris Kwame Brown sucks, there was nothing to break. He has tiny hands, can’t even palm a ball. Drafting him 1st was MJ’s decision based on some hope that he could find magic in the draft. It is the scouts fault anyone ever thought Kwame was gonna be dominant. Him and Darko (skill-wise) are not comparable

  • tavoris

    @nbk (there u go) who said they’re comparable skill-wise? I merely pointed out how MJ ruined a young guy’s confidence before he had the opportunity to tap into his potential. So what if he can’t palm-or catch-the ball? You can’t teach that size & athleticism. If he THOUGHT he was a beast, he’d be putting up double-doubles now just on physicality.

  • Isaac

    Don’t care how much they pay him… just glad he’s getting out of the NBA :D

  • ab_40

    @ holy baller andrew bynum is in no way shape or form an all star caliber center. I doubt that he is succesfull in europ he’ll get his minutes and his shots there will be no defensive three seconds so he can just chill in a zone D. he shoots to slow to be a three point threat. I hope he gets quick fouls and rips off his shirt like the hulk a few years back while playing for memphis that is his single best moment in the NBA at least kwame got that 31 and 19 game vs C Webb. but at least darko got a ring for getting hounded by rasheed wallace, ben wallace, elden cambell and other big men on that roster

  • Salaner

    This is not a news item, and not even speculation – it’s sheer invention. Real Madrid and coach Ettore Messina are class acts. The thought of signing Milicic wouldn’t even enter their minds. This unstable player has a terrible reputation in Europe, particularly since his proffane rant against the referees after a 2007 dfeat for Serbia against Greece… in Madrid! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci3j363HWQM&feature=related). Madrid, to replace its injured center, Thomas van den Spiegel, will sign Croatia’s Ante Tomic (7-3, age 22) next week.