Monday, June 22, 2015

Saric will remain in Turkey

Darip Saric will stay in Turkey for now
PHILADELPHIA - Dario Saric, the 12th overall selection by the Sixers in the 2014 NBA draft, will not be playing in Philadelphia next season.

Saric remains under a three-year contract with his Turkish team Anadolu Efes but the Sixers reportedly explored a buyout over the past few weeks. The Croatian forward's agent, Jeff Schwartz, told ESPN those talks have ended and Saric will remain overseas for now.

Saric signed his deal with Efes three days before the draft last year and Sixers GM Sam Hinkie drafted the big man understanding it would likely be years before Saric made the move to the NBA.

Right now the most likely scenario for Philadelphia is the 2017-18 season although the 21-year-old
Saric has a player option in his deal that will allow him to opt out in time for '16-17 season.

However, if Saric plays out his entire deal in Turkey he will no longer be constrained by the rookie salary cap, meaning he could work out a much bigger deal with the Sixers in '17-18.

Schwartz will certainly push for that outcome because the NBA's massive new television deal is set to start that season and a substantial rise in the NBA salary cap is expected.

Saric is a well-rounded player in the mold of ex-Sixer Toni Kukoc, averaging 9.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in his rookie season with Efes.
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