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Dario Saric says NBA leap is possible in 2015

Jun 27, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

Dario Saric signed a three-year contract with a Turkish team, Anadolu Efes, earlier this week that would was reported to keep him overseas for two years.

The day before the draft, Saric repeated that two-year timetable:

But after he was drafted No. 12 and traded to the 76ers, Saric opened the possibility of a quicker jump to the NBA.

“I think we can talk about that with Turkey team after the next season,” Saric said. “If a chance to be, I will come here to 76ers of Philadelphia.”

The rebuilding 76ers are certainly in no rush. They also drafted Joel Embiid, who was too injured to even attend the draft, a year after nabbing Nerlens Noel, who missed the entire season.

Sam Hinkie doesn’t want his team to get too good before it has a chance to add multiple high lottery picks.

Eventually, though, he’ll want Saric. There’s always a risk Saric, especially given his new deal signed just before the draft, will become the next Fran Vasquez. The Magic drafted Vasquez No. 11 in 2005, and he still hasn’t joined the NBA and probably never will.

“I’m no liar, and one day I’ll be back in Philadelphia for sure,” Saric said.

Most likely, Saric just got a little excited on draft night and probably will remain in Turkey for two years, but it really depends on the language of the contract. How the 76ers do next season will determine how much they – and Saric – press the issue.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Digging the bowtie swag.

  2. misremembered72 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    sounds like hes saying the right things

  3. yesser12 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Hide your women Dario probably be snatching them up in 2015.

  4. thesixersbench - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I have a very, very good gut feeling about this guy. I was really hoping the Sixers were going to nab him with 10 – the fact that we also nabbed a 1 and a 2 absolutely thrills me.

  5. scoochpooch - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM


    How do you say bust in Croatian?

    • basketballhooper1 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Neuspjeh ahaha

  6. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Saric can really fill a stat sheet, and he’s already the MVP of his Euro-league at the tender age of 20. He’s tall, grabs a lot of boards, can hit the NBA 3-pointer all day, and he literally dishes the rock as well as many point guards. He would have been a top-10 selection had he been ready to play next year, and having to wait on him is truly the only thing working against him. He’s a potential future NBA Allstar and I believe that whole-heartedly( not just because I’m a Sixers fan).

  7. saint1997 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    See with Saric it makes me think they’ll look to flick one of Embiid, Saric or Noël at some point. Rumour is they are still shopping MCW as well so we will see how that plays out

    • zinger92 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      i agree, how embiid and noel pan out will probably decide which one they get rid of eventually. i think saric is their stretch 4 forever.

  8. officialgame - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    After one year in Turkey and one more Sixers lottery pick Sacic will join MCW, Nerlin Noel, Embiid, and other young talent creating a formidable nucleus of young talent and start the journey in 2016.

  9. officialgame - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    How do you imbecile in Croatian?


    • beagle11 - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:37 AM


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