But Saric – the No. 12 pick in the 2014 NBA draft – might not join the the 76ers this summer.
Philadelphia general manager Bryan Colangelo, via Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com:
The timing of him coming to the NBA is still in question. I believe there’s a desire on both sides to make it happen sooner rather than later, but at the same time, the contract scenario, economics, etc., etc. all plays a part in that decision making. We’ll know soon enough whether it’s going to happen for this particular season. That’s our goal and our desire. I think in the next few weeks we’ll have more clarity.
These are not new concerns.
If Daric signs this summer, he’ll be bound by the rookie scale. That means a four-year contract worth $10,749,666 ($4,740,840 guaranteed).
If Saric signs in 2017, he could negotiate a non-scale deal with Philadelphia. With the the salary cap skyrocketing, he might get something like three years, $30 million.
So, there’s plenty of incentive to wait – but there was always plenty of incentive to wait. Why does it seem Saric just realized that? Or, if he knew before, why did he repeatedly state a plan to the contrary?