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Dario Saric Says He Plans to Join 76ers in 2016

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A lot can happen between now and next summer, but at the moment, it looks like Dario Saric plans to join the Philadelphia 76ers in 2016. Saric told Croatia’s JutarnjiList that he’s always in contract with the Sixers and that he’s going to take the NBA out of his current contract with Turkey’s Anadolu Efes (via Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media):

“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.”

The Sixers acquired Saric in a draft-night trade with the Orlando Magic in 2014. The youngster signed a three-year deal with Efes prior to the draft, so everybody knew it’d be a few years before he came over to the NBA.

There were some rumblings about Saric trying to come over this offseason, but it was just too difficult to get out of his Turkish contract. The out is easier next summer, and it appears he wants to take it, as he’s not thrilled about the reduction of his playing time with Efes.

Financially, it’d make more sense for Saric to wait until 2017 when he’s officially off the rookie scale and can get more money from Philadelphia with the salary cap exploding over $100 million. But if he’s unhappy with his Euro team and just wants to come to the NBA as soon as possible, we’ll see him with the Sixers next season.

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