SIXERS FLYING TO TURKEY TO NAIL DOWN DARIO SARIC FOR 2016-17!

By Harry Allison

The Sixers are about to have a face-to-face with Dario Saric.

In yet another way that shows the difference between the new president, Bryan Colangelo, and his hands-off predecessor Sam Hinkie, Colangelo and coach Brett Brown are headed to Turkey to confront 2014 first-round pick Saric with the question:

Are you in with us next year or out?

Saric has remained overseas for two seasons since being drafted 12th overall by the Sixers in 2014. He reportedly told teammates he plans to join the Sixers next season.

Should Saric stay in Turkey for another season and wait one more year before joining the Sixers, he would be out of the rookie salary scale and would stand to earn more money. Colangelo believes the shape of the roster, including who the Sixers select in the draft, could have an impact on Saric’s decision.

“We think this is good timing for him,” Colangelo said yesterday on Breakfast on Broad. “We hope that he does have a desire to be here.”

Brown recently said he communicates with Saric through text using WhatsApp. He previously had intended to visit Saric but was advised against it because of international conditions.

“He’s great,” Brown said of the Saric at the end of the season. “I get a kick out of his English. … He’s a stud though, as far as corresponding.”

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