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Saric's Draft Status in Question

The Croatian forward is weighing a move to Spain or Turkey as an alternative to the NBA.

The SBN server doesn't have any photos of Dario Saric, so here's Croatian soccer coach Slaven Bilic instead.
The SBN server doesn't have any photos of Dario Saric, so here's Croatian soccer coach Slaven Bilic instead.
Dmitry Korotayev

It could be posturing, but another potential lottery pick is considering pulling out of the most loaded NBA draft in a decade. KK Cibona forward Dario Saric told 24Sata (here's the Sportando link because we know you don't speak Croatian either) that he hasn't hired an agent and doesn't plan on deciding his next move until the summer.

Saric has an offer to move to Turkish club Anadolu Efes Istanbul, and his father mentioned that one of Spain's bigger clubs could be interested as well. Barcelona (the basketball arm of the world's most annoying soccer club), produced the Gasol brothers and Ricky Rubio, while Real Madrid has a long history with players from the former Yugoslavia, including Drazen Petrovic and Sixers legend Marko Milic.

While we've heard rumblings about Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker staying in school, a Saric withdrawal wouldn't have the same effect on the draft. For starters, Saric declared for the draft in 2013 before withdrawing and nobody seemed too broken up about it.

Saric, 19, is listed at 6-foot-10 and 223 pounds, and has good ballhandling and passing skills for a player his size, while concerns about his makeup and athleticism (the former of which isn't helped by his noncommittal attitude toward the draft) could prevent him from going as high as his skills would warrant.

The first Liberty Ballers big board had him at No. 11. (I had him at No. 6 and still haven't lived that down.) ESPN's Chad Ford put Saric at No. 12. This, of course, makes Saric more of potential a target for the Sixers with their second first-rounder from New Orleans than at the top of the draft.

Saric could still come over, of course, but we won't know for sure for a little longer.

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