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Likely lottery pick Dario Saric agrees to deal to keep him in Europe at least two more years

Jun 23, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT

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Dario Saric was not a “draft and stash” Euro in this class. He’s a 6’10” guy with point-forward skills with a very high hoops IQ who scouts have watched for years. Saric has impressive ball handling skills for his size, great scoring instincts (in the post and in transition), plus he can pass. He’s a player with a lot of potential.

One that will stay in Europe for a couple more years.

Saric has reached a new three year deal with Anadolu Efes in Turkey, one that essentially locks him into Europe for at least two more seasons, something first reported by Chad Ford of ESPN.

This could impact his draft stock. DraftExpress.com has Saric going at No. 11 to the Nuggets, pretty much every mock draft has him in the lottery, but if you take him now you have to be patent for a couple of years.

That could see him fall a little as teams in the lottery tend to be looking for guys who can help sooner rather than later, and Saric is now definitely later. But if he continues to develop — gets stronger, gets a more polished jumper — he could be a steal for whoever drafts him farther down the board.

  1. mungman69 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Will that guy in Philly take him?

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      How mad would Philly fans be if they used the 3rd on Embiid and the, what is it, the 10th on this guy!? 2 top 10 lottery picks in what’s considered the deepest draft since the LeBron draft and they’d have nothing to show for it.

      I bet that’s what they do though! Hinkie’s thought process: patience is a virtue, suck another year and get more top 5 picks.

    • floreskins - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      I’d be happy to get both, though I think Saric could be had much later now that he will be over there for 2 more years. Take Embiid 3, a shooter @ 10 (Stauskas, LaVine, Young would be my order of preference), and then use some of the 2s (and Thad, if necessary) to move up into the early to mid 20’s and grab Saric.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I HATE players who do that s h ! t ! Why even waste anyones time entering the draft??! I hope he falls down to the 2nd round.

    • spursareold - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Blame your front office. He wanted to come over if picked by the Lakers or Celtics.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        I don’t blame him then. Who wouldn’t want to be picked by a premier, top tier, grade A franchise.

      • spursareold - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Flip flopper….

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        You forced my hand! It’s on you! Lol

  3. loubearkane - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    He goes in the mid-teens now , wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls drafted him.

    • chiadam - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Beat me to it. He’s the Croatian Miritic. But the Bulls will be using one of their two first rounders on a guy that will be in Europe for another decade. Then they’ll save that rookie contract money to offer to a free agent that will turn them down.

      • loubearkane - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Don’t worry we’ll overpay for Gasol or sign Gordon Hayward to a deal the Jazz would never match.

        I really hope the Bulls draft PJ Hairston , think he comes in and contributes day 1

      • spursareold - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Isn’t Mirotic coming over this year?

  4. dondada10 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Spurs. Paging the Spurs.

    • spursareold - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Yeah, this is kind of exactly how they got Splitter. He was considered lottery talent, but was tied up with (at the time) Tau Ceramica for like 2-3 years, and fell all the way to #28. I don’t think Saric will fall that far, but he may fall far enough for them to trade up for.

  5. wlubake - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Could see the Mavs put together their 2 second rounders to try and move into the late first for him. He’d be a potential Dirk replacement and timed perfectly for it, too.

  6. mungman69 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I can’t see the Sixers drafting him in the first round “IF” they draft Embiid as reported. Two more guys out for one and two years? I think the Croatian will fall into the mid 20s but no further. Another wrinkle in this draft.

    • floreskins - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      I could. Next season is Tank 2.0 for them. They’re 1st rounder is lottery protected, so you can bet your a$$ Hinkie is going to put another D-League squad out there to ensure that pick remains with the Sixers. What better way to do that then Redshirting 2 1st rd picks?

  7. calkinsrob - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    I really dont understand why players do this. Sure they are closer to home, and in a comfortable environment. but he has the chance to get paid (better than what hes being paid now? or would it be a pay cut?) to play with/against the best bball players in the world.

    Can someone give me another reason why euro players wait like this? and why are they allowed to enter the draft then?

  8. pukpokito - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Celtics selection in the first round.

  9. pachingg - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Or he might suffer a devastating foot, back or knee injury that would ruin his chances of ever playing a game in the NBA. Would you gamble your pick on him playing in Turkey? Probably not..

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