The Philadelphia 76ers are set to sign Dario Saric from Turkish club Anadolu Efes. Saric was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Earlier, the Croatian star revealed that he is coming to Philadelphia this summer. The Sixers are looking forward to signing him in the coming weekend. Saric’s buyout is worth €1 million.
Bryan Colangelo informed Dario Saric's Turkish club that the Sixers are signing him this weekend. €1 million buyout.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 13, 2016
Saric will join the top pick of the NBA 2016 Draft- Ben Simmons. The Sixers also have Joel Embiid, the third overall pick of the 2014 draft. Experts feel that Philadelphia has stacked a roster loaded with versatile bigs.
Marc J. Spears of ESPN pointed out that the Embiid is currently in great shape.
Sixers believe they have three 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates in Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid & Dario Saric. Embiid in great shape now.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 12, 2016
Dario Saric is a ” bull-in-a-china-shop” type player?
Saric is an exciting player to watch, Sixers coach Brett Brown told Andy Schwartz of Philly.com in an interview.
“For those who haven’t seen him play, there will be a real excitement of how versatile he is. There is a toughness that the city of Philadelphia is just going to fall in love with. He’s a bull-in-a-china-shop type player. He can rebound, lead a break, he can hit threes — that’s the thing I think I’m most excited about watching the growth of his game.”
The NBA circuit hasn’t seen much of the Croatian in action. He featured in 24 games in the Euroleague for Efes in the 2015-16 season, according to the Bleacher Report. He posted averages of 11.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from beyond the arc, in just 22.5 minutes a night.
Saric led Croatia to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament title last week. He was named the tournament MVP. The Croatian has time until July 17 to notify his Turkish club of his decision.
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