The 6-foot-10 Croatian power forward Dario Saric has officially signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to bolster their frontcourt next season.
Dario Saric was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft and was originally picked by the Orlando Magic. The right was later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Elfrid Payton. After being drafted, the Croatian power forward chose to develop his skills in Europe before joining the NBA.
The 22-year-old forward played the last two seasons with Turkish team Anadolu Efes. Recently, he was awarded the MVP of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament after averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and two assists for his native Croatia.
Dario Saric made a great impression playing internationally. The Philadelphia 76ers are long been eyeing for him to join the team since he was drafted in 2014 together with Joel Embiid. Standing 6-foot-10, Saric can shoot in the three-point range and has a good passing ability like Ben Simmons.
“During the flight, I was so excited and so happy because I was coming here,” he said “I chose a different way of basketball. I chose to stay the two years in Europe to grow up as a person and as a player. Now I’m here. I’m happy because I’m here. I’m happy because I’ll be in the same locker room with these guys who I hear are very talented and very good players. And I’m here to help them and show what I have.”
Now that Dario Saric is officially playing for the Sixers together with Joel Embiid and 2016 NBA draft No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, the spots of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor become questionable.
There were reports saying that Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo is not comfortable having too many centers on their team. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor have long been rumored to be traded and Boston is eyed as the possible destination.
The Boston Celtics have plenty of trade assets, mostly guards and draft picks, which the Sixers really need to bolster their roster next season.
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