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Ilic Deal Could Come Soon

Mile Ilic, the Nets' 7'-2" draft choice, is in the Italian Alps this weekend training for the World Championships. Meanwhile, Ilic's agent is working the phones, trying to arrange a buyout with his Serbian team so he can join New Jersey next season. Ilic told Serbia's biggest sports journal he hopes to learn his fate in 10 days. Ilic also talks of his love for Serbia, his friendship with Darko Milicic and how basketball saved his life after a childhood filled with wartime suffering.