Darko Milicic has had an up-and-down year with the Wolves, but off the court it certainly seems his priorities are squarely focused in the right place. He is auctioning off quite a package of goods, with proceeds to benefit The Zorana and Darko Milicic Fund for Children with Life Threatening Diseases. The market value for the raffled-off items is estimated at $41,500. Here is the rundown of what you will win if you are the lucky one (raffle tickets are $2, and you must purchase at least five):
Winner will receive Darko Milicic's 2004 Detroit Pistons NBA Championship Ring
Winner will receive Darko Milicic's 2004 Detroit Pistons Championship "wrestling style" belt
Winner and guest will enjoy tickets to a 2011 NBA Finals game (game to be determined)
Winner and guest will receive two (2) nights hotel accommodations in NBA Finals game host city (single room, double occupancy)
Winner and guest will each receive, as necessary to attend the game, coach airfare to the game city ($2,000.00 total limit)
Winner will receive a $500.00 allowance for meals, ground transportation and other expenses
Winner will receive an autographed Darko Milicic Jersey
Winner will receive a cash prize in the amount of $12,554.00 to mitigate the Winner's tax liability that results from winning the raffle. This prize is withheld and paid, on behalf of the Winner, directly to the IRS ($10,376.00) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ($2,179.00).
A few thoughts:
1) In order of coolness, we'll take the championship belt, then the NBA Finals tix, then the ring, then the cash to cover the taxes.
2) Speaking of which, is that standard with a lot of contests these days -- to cover the tax hit?
3) Darko, a rookie in 2003-04 when he won that ring with Detroit (remember, the Pistons took him No. 2 overall instead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, but after LeBron James), played just 14 minutes during the entirety of the playoffs. So, um, don't feel so bad if you end up winning it in the raffle. You will have earned it.