MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Thursday they are parting ways with center Darko Milicic.

The Timberwolves waived Milicic, designating him as their amnesty player. The amnesty provision allows the team to waive a player without having the player’s salary count against the team’s salary cap.

Milicic spent three seasons with the Timberwolves. He played sparingly, but averaged 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

The moved has fueled speculation that the Timberwolves are aggressively pursuing Portland Trailblazers free agent forward Nicolas Batum. Several reports indicate that they’ve offered Batum, a restricted free agent, a multi-year contract. The Trailblazers would have three days to match the offer or work out a sign-and-trade deal.


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