Dario Saric says he plans to join 76ers next summer

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Dario Saric signed a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes just before the 2014 NBA draft, but he still went No. 12 and saw the 76ers trade for his rights.

Since, there has been no shortage of talk about him jumping to the NBA.

His father hinted at 2014. Didn’t happen.

Saric called 2015 a possibility. Not happening.

But 2016?

Saric, via Jutarnji List, as translated by O. Cauchi of Sportando:

“Next summer I will, probably, finally go where I want, to the biggest basketball league in the world, NBA,” Saric said. “It is imperative to do more next year with Efes and then it’s time for America. This year we tried something , but as Efes asked me to stay and said that they remain as an important player , I was forced to stay on it . Finally , I see that it makes sense to stay and improve here.”

If Saric signs next summer, he’ll still be bound by the rookie scale. That’ll mean a four-year $10,749,666 deal with$4,740,840 guaranteed, two team options and the probability of becoming a restricted free agent if he completes the contract.

If he waits another year, Saric could negotiate a larger contract with Philadelphia. First-round picks who sign three years after being drafted are not necessarily tied to the scale.

Saric definitely wants to come stateside, and it seems his Turkish contract has a better NBA out after this season. But we’ve had a couple false alarms already with him. When the time comes and he examines the financial implications of spending one more year in Europe, I’d hardly be surprised if Saric pushes back his NBA debut even further.