Sixers Notes: Saric, Draft History, Korkmaz, Injuries

Dario Saric‘s slow start may be related to the time he spent this summer with the Croatian national team, but he doesn’t plan to stop representing his home country, relays Mike Sielski of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Saric shot just 26.5% from 3-point range and 37% overall in the Sixers’ first five games, which coach Brett Brown believes is related to a year-round work schedule.

“I don’t think it’s anything to do with the league scouting him differently,” Brown said. “I think it maybe does have to do with a little bit of burnt energy. It’s the toil of a summer. … This notion, that you play 12 months and you’re really in a good flow, is a myth. It is a myth. People need rest.”

However, Brown doesn’t expect Saric to change his priorities. As a former Olympics coach with Australia, Brown understands the passion of international competition. The NBA has long embraced the idea of players representing their native lands and it means too much to Saric to consider changing.

“Absolutely, I think I would be a better player if I didn’t play five, six years on the national team,” he said. “I think I would be a better player. But at the end of the day, everything is winning. You want to win with the national team.”

There’s more today from Philadelphia:

  • Costly draft mistakes have forced the Sixers to rely on trades or free agency to add a third star to pair with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, writes Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The organization used high lottery picks on Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, who were both traded away for little return, and chose Michael Carter-Williams ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2013. They couldn’t sign free agents LeBron James or Paul George this summer, while Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Raptors. Pompey states that the pressure for a huge move will be intense heading into the last summer for a while that significant cap space will be available.
  • The Sixers are expected to pick up the third-year option on Furkan Korkmaz, even though he doesn’t see much playing time, Pompey adds in the same story. Korkmaz would only make $2.03MM next season, which shouldn’t be enough to affect the team’s free agency plans. Philadelphia has until Wednesday to decide on the option for Korkmaz, along with Simmons, Saric and Markelle Fultz.
  • Injuries are at least partially to blame for the Sixers’ slow start, notes A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. Philadelphia hasn’t gotten much production outside of Simmons, Embiid and J.J. Redick, but two offseason pickups who were expected to be important parts of the reserve unit, Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala, have both been sidelined by injuries.
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2 thoughts on “Sixers Notes: Saric, Draft History, Korkmaz, Injuries

  1. x%sure

    “Costly draft mistakes” not costly draftee management, referring to Jah & Nerlens, and indirectly to overrated Hinkie.

    Simmons & Saric will need to be paid after next summer, so they need to get one of the many FAs. Should be doable.

  2. Nebraska Tim

    Noel and Okafor were both great picks where they were drafted. You have to take what comes to you in the draft. The inability to turn either of those players into an asset is what hurts.

    It’s a bit silly to call the MCW a bad choice at pick 11 when he won rookie of the year. They also got a good Lakers pick by trading MCW that turned into the 10th pick this year (Mikal Bridges).

    What hurts the most is turning the 3rd overall pick and a high Kings pick into Markelle Fultz. That’s the trade that will forever haunt and sink this team.

    Bryan Colangelo took another promising situation and turned it into an absolute wasteland. Terrible GM and decision maker (but honestly a great team president – with a great wardrobe – who manages overall franchise structures well… just completely unqualified to make roster decisions).

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