Hoops tidbits: Darko kickboxing, Bledsoe resigning, et al

Darko MilicicDarko Milicic will always be one of the biggest enigmas to have played in the NBA. Drafted ahead of the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, behind only LeBron? That’s tough.

Now we get word, via Rivals.ph, that the Serbian 7-footer is set to leave the sport of basketball and enter… kickboxing.

Darko had his moments, especially when he was given some chances in Minnesota, but it looks like we won’t see the big man on the hardcourt for the time being. We haven’t seen him in the NBA for a while, anyway.

Best of luck to him on this new endeavour. We’ll be waiting for the YouTube clips.

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UPDATE: Eric Bledsoe is returning to the Suns for 5 years and $70 million. Not a bad compromise at all for him; he originally wanted 5 years and $80 million.

Woj has tweeted that Eric Bledsoe and agent Rich Paul are set to meet with Phoenix officials to discuss a new deal. We’ve heard over the past day or so that the free-agent guard is softening his stance on terms of a new deal, and that there could be a compromise between the mini-max deal Bledsoe desires and the 4-year, $48M deal initially put on the table by the Suns.

Good for Bledsoe. At this point, playing just 43 games of an 82-game season isn’t really going to fetch you a mini-max contract, as evidenced by the lack of offers from other teams (apart from that Minnesota S&T rumor floating around).

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Don’t forget to catch Gilas Pilipinas take on Iran later at 1PM (broadcast via TV5) as Asian Games action resumes in South Korea. Laban, Pilipinas!

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The OKC Thunder’s D-League team is set to be called ‘Blue’, and its logo is a slight variation on the Thunder’s OKC shield logo. This organization needs a serious redesign.

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The Atlanta Hawks have officially signed FA guard Kent Bazemore (deal was verbally agreed upon back in July).

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