Darko Leaves the D

After playing only 96 games within the past 3 seasons, 20-year old Darko Milicic has been traded to the Orlando Magic. Darko along with Carlos Arroyo were traded in exchange for Center Kelvin Cato and a first-round pick.

Despite his struggles with the Pistons, Milicic was a fan favorite during his first two seasons and was embarrassed when they chanted: “We want Dar-ko!” This season, the fans seemed to give up on trying to get him into games — and the team ran out of patience with a player it knew would be a project.

I personally liked Darko. He wasn’t the best player but he has some great skills and promise for being only 20-years old. He was out-shined, playing with the best players in the game and a trade like this is good for him. Sure, he’s leaving a champion team, but hopefully he will be able to prove that he didn’t go pro just to be ‘the guy we put in at the end of a sure-win game’.

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3 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    i too think it’ll be good for darko and won’t effect the team presently… what joe d. gets for that first-round pick will determine whether or not this was a good move…


  2. ripi$money (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

    I think it’s too bad he had to leave, but Darko should get a lot more minutes in Orlando than he did here. The Magic may not have the ability to develop him, but he’ll still get more out of Orlando than he ever could have with Detroit, wedged in the back of the bench behind Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, Antonio McDyess, and others. Plus, the Pistons free up some valuable cap room to begin the campaign to re-sign Ben Wallace and give a contract extension to Chauncey Billups.


  3. Scott (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

    I think letting Darko go was the best thing for the Pistons and for Darko. I am more concerned about Detroit’s back up point guard situation though as they packaged Darko with Carlos Arroyo who was in the top 10 in Assists/Turnovers.

    With Arroyo out of the picture, the Pistons are relying on the 35 year old veteran Lindsey Hunter and the rookie Acker who is less than proven as a capable back up.

    I hope Dumars is able to trade Cato for a decent back up for Chauncey.



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