There’s been plenty of back-and-forth about whether potential top-10 pick Dario Saric will enter this year’s draft, with rumors coming from his father, an agent who no longer represents him, and unnamed sources. Saric himself spoke to Jelena Trajković of B92.net, telling her that it’s his dream to play in the NBA and that he believes he’ll go into the draft, but the Croatian star cautions that he has yet to come to a final decision (translation via Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress via Twitter).
Givony ranks Saric as the ninth-best prospect for June’s draft, while Chad Ford of ESPN.com pegs him 14th. It’s around the same range where Saric found himself last year, when he entered the draft but withdrew before the deadline to so. There have been conflicting reports about whether he’d even test the waters this time around, with Ford reporting last month that he’d agreed to a three-year deal with a Turkish team that wouldn’t allow him to go to the NBA until 2016, when he’ll be automatically draft-eligible. Givony countered that he never reached such a deal, asserting that the 6’10” forward would almost certainly enter this year’s draft.
Agent Robert Jablan publicly called for Saric to declare for the draft, but Saric’s father and Givony say Jablan no longer represents Saric. Jablan was critical of Saric’s father, who has said that he wants to see his son stay in Europe for another two seasons. Around the same time his father initially made those comments, Saric agreed that it would be best for his development to remain overseas, though he added that he’d wait to make a decision. Ford said earlier this week that Saric was still leaning against declaring for the draft, but with four days to go until his 20th birthday, it appears he’s had a change of heart. Saric seems to indicate in his latest interview that he’ll make his decision in another 10 days, so it looks like we’ll have some resolution to the saga soon.