Dario Saric is a man of his word.
And Friday afternoon it became official. The Croatian wants in on the 76ers adventure.
Drafted by the Magic and traded to Philly in 2014, Saric (22-years-old) spent the last couple seasons playing in Turkey.
In 2015-16, he averaged 11 points and six rebounds over 37 games while shooting 48 percent from the floor andwas named MVP of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament after averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists for his native Croatia.
He told Turkish media a few months ago he was planning to report to the Sixers, though conflicting reports shed doubt on whether he would make it to the US.
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Saric is 6-foot-10 and will likely play small forward in Philadelphia. Along with centers Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid— and 2016 first overall pick Ben Simmons the Sixers now boast as much size as any team in the NBA, should they elect to go with a bigger line up.
“We are thrilled to finally announce the highly anticipated signing of Dario Saric to an NBA player contract with the Philadelphia 76ers,” Bryan Colangelo said. “Our basketball team stands to benefit from both the on-court development and physical maturation of Dario as a professional player in Croatia and Turkey over the last few years.”
Saric will officially be announced in a press conference later Friday evening.