Report: Dario Saric Plans To Join Sixers Next Season
It sounds like there finally might be some resolution in the Dario Saric situation.
Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo informed Saric’s Turkish club that the team intends to sign him this weekend, international journalist David Pick tweets.
Philadelphia selected the 6-foot-10 forward, who is 22 years old, 12th overall in the 2014 draft.
Though Saric’s contract included a buyout — to which the Sixers could contribute $650,000 toward — Saric had motivations both financially and competitively to hold off joining the Sixers, but decided now was the time.
Now that he has decided to sign with Philadelphia this summer, Saric will be required to sign a rookie contract that under the league’s rookie salary scale would pay him as the 12th pick in the 2014 draft — that will work out to $2,318,280 for his rookie year, and $10,749,666 over the life of his four-year deal. Waiting until next season would have allowed Saric to sign for a much greater price tag, similar to the deal Nikola Mirotic signed with the Bulls, a 3-year, $16.6 million deal, that was outside of the rookie scale. Now the Sixers will have his services for the upcoming season. He was recently named MVP in the Olympic Qualifier with averages of 14 points, 10 boards and 2.2 assists. UPDATE: According to agent Misko Raznatovic (via Twitter), the Sixers and Saric have agreed to terms on a new contract, and the young forward is headed to Philadelphia to sign his deal.