It’s still a bit premature to think about, but there is a chance, a slim chance that the 12th pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Dario Saric plays in the NBA this season.
Saric, a Croatian star, is currently signed to a two year agreement with Anadolu Efes, an Istanbul based basketball club that competes in the Euroleague. Anadolu Efes’ season just began with Saric not dressing for either affair.
Part of that is because the first two games of Efes’ season were in the Turkish Basketball League which stipulates that only six foreign players can dress for a TBL game. The other part though is a bit more interesting.
Saric’s father, Predrag Saric talked to a Croatian newspaper earlier in the week about his sons DNP’s. “It’s not good. I’m afraid it’s time for the alarm.” He said, adding that, “if this continues, we will look for someone who can pay to breach the contract. Dario has to play, not watch the match from the stands.”
Saric’s current contract does not have a buyout built in which could present some trouble if the situation did escalate quickly. Philadelphia does have cap space, but NBA rules prohibit teams from paying more than $600k towards and buyout. Saric’s buyout would surely be more than $600k which is what his father is referring too when he says, “we will look for someone who can pay to breach the contract.”
The 76ers expect Saric to join the team next season and seem content to let him play the 2014-15 campaign in Europe. If Saric’s current situation with Anadolu Efes is not resolved look for him to play this season on another European team rather than in the NBA.