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Dario Saric ‘leaning toward’ withdrawing from 2013 NBA draft

Jun 6, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

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What many see as a historically weak draft – I don’t, but I acknowledge I’m in the minority – might get a little weaker. Chad Ford of ESPN:

Croatian forward Dario Saric is leaning toward withdrawing from the 2013 NBA draft, league sources told

Saric has until June 17 to make a final decision.

Sources say that Saric, who plays for the Croatian team Cibona, understands his lofty draft position but wants to stay in Europe one more year to hone his skills. He’s enjoying his time in Croatia and feels he’s not quite ready for the NBA.

If I were Saric’s agent, I would probably advise he stay in this draft. He can always get drafted now while his stock is high and remain in Croatia as long as he likes.

Too often, another year just gives scouts time to poke holes in a player’s game. Plus, a strong 2014 draft class might also lower his positioning. Even though the rookie scale rises next year, it’s likely enough Saric falls far enough that deferring a year would cost him money.

However, if teams know Saric plans to wait a year to leave Europe, that could could lower Saric’s stock. On the other hand, some teams looking for cap space or to tank next season might actually see that as a positive. It’s a fine line.

If Saric wants to play for the Mavericks in 2014-15, he might be able to stay in this draft and work out a deal with them. Of course, another team could always swoop in and draft him before No. 13, though that seems unlikely if he stops working out.

Besides, even another team picks him, Saric can delay joining the NBA as long as he’d like.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    This. changes. everything.

    Wait. no it doesn’t.

  2. jadaruler - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Oh great another Mavs draft pick that won’t play in Dallas. Say hello to Calathes, Koppen, and Shan Foster for me while you hone your game.

  3. beagle11 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    This guy is from my Mom’s home town and I’ve been following him for quite some time. He is possibly (depending on who you talk to) the highest rated Euro prospect in this draft. He wouldn’t even be the highest rated Croatian in next years draft (Mario Hezonja is the real deal) not to mention how much stronger the domestic talent is, Unless he makes major strides in Europe next season, being a year older is only going to hurt his value. I respect his desire to stay an extra year and polish his game, but you gotta strike when the iron is hot.

  4. saint1997 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Wow – that’s a great display of maturity from a young man, probably one that will ironically increase his draft stock

  5. beagle11 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Just realized tomorrow is 20 years since Drazen passed.. This kid cant bow out on the 20 year anniversary. They’re from the same town!

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