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Real Madrid Looking At Yi, Darko

Real Madrid has already landed one NBA veteran this summer, inking Rudy Fernandez to a three-year deal, and it appears they're eyeing a few other NBA free agents. According to an report (translation via HoopsHype), Real Madrid could be eyeing Yi Jianlian and Darko Milicic. Yi is said to be asking for a contract worth about two million euros annually from Real Madrid, while the Spanish club is also believed to be "tempted" by Darko.

Both Jianlian and Milicic are former lottery picks whose NBA careers have been underwhelming to date. Still, while neither player has lived up to expectations, both still appear to be serviceable NBA bench players. Yi has a career PER of 11.2 in 272 games, while Darko has posted a 12.3 PER since being drafted second overall in 2003.

Yi is coming off a one-year contract with the Mavericks, while Darko was amnestied earlier this summer by the Timberwolves, so both players are free agents. If Real Madrid is willing to meet the salary figure Yi is reportedly requesting, it would undoubtedly be more than he'd make in the NBA, so seeing him head overseas wouldn't be a surprise. Darko's agent has suggested his client isn't eager to leave the NBA though, and since he's still being paid by the T-Wolves, Milicic has less incentive to seek a higher offer overseas.

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