Dario Saric may be staying in Turkey for the forthcoming season, according to a league source.
The Croat was drafted in 2014 by the Philadelphia 76ers, however chose to continue his career in Europe for what was initially thought to only be one extra year.
In June, Saric was hopeful to finally join up with the Sixers, optimistic that a buy-out of the third-year of his contract could commence the move.
But less than two weeks later, it is starting to look less likely to happen this year. One reason is the Philly’s decision to draft Ben Simmons with the number one overall pick in the 2016 draft. Also a forward, Simmons may force Saric into a back-up role that isn’t ideal for development at this stage in his career.
The security of a comfortable salary ($1.66 million) in Turkey is also a factor within the equation. Saric has the freedom to collect his pay cheque for the 2016/17 season and enter the NBA next year, hence forgoing a rookie-scale contract and having the opportunity to earn significantly more.
With Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and a healthy Joel Embiid already on the books for next season, the Sixers will focus evaluating this abundance of big men in preparation for Saric’s arrival.