Croatian forward Dario Saric has received significant interest from several NBA teams prior to the June 27 draft, but he is leaning toward playing another year in Europe, according to ESPN.
Sources said Saric, 19, does not feel he is ready for the NBA and has enjoyed playing for KK Cibona Zagreb of the Adriatic League. Prospects have until June 17 to decide on their NBA draft status. He declared for the draft in April.
The 6-foot-10 small forward is widely considered to be the draft's best international prospect and a possible lottery pick. SI.com's latest mock NBA Draft has Saric going to the Mavericks with the 13th pick. Other teams believed to be seriously interested in Saric include the Pelicans, Thunder and Trail Blazers. Saric averaged 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in the playoffs and won Most Valuable Player honors for the league finals.