Philadelphia 76ers 2014 first-round draft pick and Croatian forward Dario Saric will not play for the team next season, according to his agent
Saric, a 6’10” 230-pound forward from Croatia, was drafted with the 12th overall pick by the Orlando Magic in last year’s draft, but was traded to the 76ers later that night.
He signed with Sarc Anadolu Efes S.K. in Turkey three days before the draft.
According to the report, Saric is playing under a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes. The 76ers attempted to buy him out, but his buyout was deemed too expensive for the team, according to Ford.
Saric has a player option in his contract, allowing him to possibly join the NBA for the 2016-17 season.
If he waits three years to come into the league, he will no longer be held to the terms of the NBA's rookie salary scale, under terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Saric, 21, played for Anadolu Efes during the 2014-15 season, averaging 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27 games for the Turkey Basketball League team. In 11 playoff games, Saric averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
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