The Boston Celtics do not expect center Darko Milicic to return to the team, Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday.
"Most likely, yes," Rivers told Comcast SportsNet Boston when asked if Milicic's time with Boston was over.
The Celtics signed Milicic to a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum before the season. He has since left the team to be with his ailing mother in Europe.
"We've talked about it three or four times," Rivers said of Milicic leaving the team.
The Celtics would likely buyout Milicic's contract if he announces he wants to stay in Europe and then waive him. Rivers said the team will look around for another veteran to fill his roster spot.
"We're going to look around, but I can tell you that we are in no rush," Rivers said.
The ninth-year pro from Hernoform, Serbia, played five minutes in his only game with the Celtics this season and had one rebound with no points. He 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds a game in a career that included stops in Detroit, Orlando, Memphis, New York and Minnesota.