By Peter Gleason
The Sixers, who have gotten off to an 0-2 start this season with the powerful Cleveland Cavaliers visiting tonight, got some great news over the weekend:
Dario Saric, whom they drafted in 2014, has had it with the Euroleague and will be in Philly next summer!
“I’m in constant contact with the Sixers,” Saric told Croatia’s JutarnjiList. “They wanted me to come this summer, but I couldn’t get out of the contract. Next summer I have a way out, and I’m gonna take it. I’ll try to go out as the Euroleague champion. That’s the dream.'”
There has been much conjecture over Saric’s contract and when he would have the ability to make the jump to the NBA. The Sixers acquired Saric’s rights after trading Elfrid Payton to the Orlando Magic for Saric.
Prior to even being selected in the draft, Saric signed a three-year contract with Turkey’s Anadolu Efes.
In three games this season Saric is averaging seven points and four rebounds through the first four games, while seeing a cutback in playing time.
“I can’t say I’m happy with the situation,” Saric said. “But it’s not all that bad. The decision to come to Efes was my own, and I don’t regret it. What if I had gone to the NBA immediately and failed ’cause I was still inexperienced, and now I’d be looking to come back to Europe? I have my own way to achieve my goal.”