JULY 13TH 5:22pm: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo informed Saric’s Turkish club that the team intends to sign him this weekend, international journalist David Pick tweets.
JULY 9TH, 5:53pm: Dario Saric intends to be on the Sixers’ roster next season, relays Antonis Stroggylakis of Eurohoops. Saric made his intentions clear today after leading Croatia to an Olympic berth with a win over Italy.
“I am going back home and then to USA for the 76ers,” said Saric, who was named MVP of the Olympic qualifying tournament.
Philadelphia officials have been engaged in contract talks with Saric in recent weeks, so his announcement isn’t a huge surprise. He reportedly has a buyout in the neighborhood of $800K from his Anadolu Efes team in Turkey, and NBA rules permit the Sixers to cover $650K of that. Philadelphia acquired the rights to the 22-year-old power forward in 2014 in a draft-day deal with Orlando.