Celtics to sign Darko Milicic

From colleagues Marc Stein and Chad Ford:

Free agent center Darko Milicic has decided to stay in the NBA and continue his career with the Boston Celtics, Milicic's agent, Marc Cornstein, confirmed to ESPN.com.

Milicic, after weighing strong interest from teams abroad trying to lure him back to Europe -- such as perennial Spanish power Real Madrid -- has committed to join the Celtics and is scheduled to be in Boston by week's end to make the deal official.

Milicic, 27, spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves but was released in July via the amnesty clause with two seasons left on a four-year, $20 million contract signed with the Wolves in the summer of 2010.

The former No. 2 overall pick -- selected by the Detroit Pistons ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in the 2003 NBA Draft -- also played for Orlando, Memphis and New York before his Minnesota stint.

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