They also appear set to add another long-term candidate at the position – Furkan Kormaz, the No. 26 pick in the 2016 draft who stayed overseas last season.
The Sixers are still working out the details of the buyout and Korkmaz’s FIBA (International Basketball Federation) clearance, a source tells CSNPhilly.com’s Jessica Camerato, but Korkmaz playing for the Sixers in 2017-18 “very well may happen.”
With a roster running out of spots, Philadelphia will keep this year’s No. 25 pick, Anzejs Pasecniks, overseas another year. His Spanish team, CB Gran Canaria, announced (hat tip: E. Carchia of Sportando):
The 19-year-old Korkmaz (6-foot-7, athletic and skilled) is a promising offensive player. He must get tougher and stronger, and maybe joining the NBA will accelerate that maturation.
Pasecniks is 7-foot-2 and fast and I’m not sure what else. Maybe that’s enough. At 21, he’s already older than Korkmaz. But the 76ers are obviously overflowing at center with Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson. There was no place for Pasecniks now.