By Sam Amick
September 20, 2012

Free-agent center and former No. 2 pick Darko Milicic has agreed to sign with the Celtics, sources close to the situation confirmed.

The deal is guaranteed for one year at the league's minimum salary, according to one of the sources. Milicic, 27, had been looking for his next job since July 12, when the Minnesota Timberwolves waived him with the amnesty clause in order to erase the final two years of his controversial four-year, $16 million deal off their books for salary-cap purposes.

Because Milicic will still be paid by the Timberwolves, he was less focused on the financial aspect of his next contract than he was finding the right fit. As such, he'll join a Celtics team that still has a tremendous core and has only veteran Jason Collins and rookie Fab Melo as true centers after the departures of Greg Stiemsma (Timberwolves) and Ryan Hollins (Clippers) via free agency.

Milicic -- the 7-foot, 275-pound Serbian who was taken behind LeBron James and directly in front of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in the 2003 draft -- saw a drastic decline in his role with the Timberwolves last season. He averaged 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16.3 minutes for first-year coach Rick Adelman, down from 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 24.4 minutes in 2010-11, the first year of his new deal.

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