HoopsHype Dario Saric rumors

September 14, 2014 Updates

Saric was selected No. 12 overall in June and later traded to the Sixers. His immediate future is in Turkey, but the Sixers hope his long-term success is in the City of Brotherly Love. "We all went over there willingly," Noel said of the trip. "Once Coach and Sam mentioned it to us we were all on board. Dario is a great kid. We watched him for the first time, other than seeing highlights on YouTube. "He can do a lot on the court and I am ecstatic about getting him over here. He is going to take his time, but in time, the time will be right." CSNPhilly.com

September 7, 2014 Updates

How long do you think Dario needs in order to become an NBA player? Brett Brown: “I think he can play now! I think that in Philadelphia we are about development and about opportunity. He would look around and see a lot of fellow young players that just want a chance to play. Our whole emphasis in Philadelphia is about development and help our players. We are trying to be as good as we can be in sport science and growing up players physically and from a skill perceptive. He is an other one of our young lottery picks that we hope to grow the program with”. EuroHoops.net

September 5, 2014 Updates

A trio of the biggest future stars for the Philadelphia 76ers - Michael-Carter Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid - flew across the Atlantic Ocean to come to the Croatia-Puerto Rico game at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup to support a fourth future cornerstone of the organisation - Croatia's Dario Saric. "We came out here to support Dario. He's a great player. It's my first time seeing him and I'm very impressed and excited about the future and having him be a part of what we’re building in Philadelphia," said Noel, the first of two first round picks for the Sixers in the 2013 NBA Draft, but who sat out last season due to a knee surgery. FIBA.com

September 4, 2014 Updates

¡Saludos desde España! The 2014 FIBA World Cup began on Saturday, with 24 teams representing 24 nations from across the globe descending upon Spain for a basketball tournament that occurs just once every four years. A total of 45 current NBA players are participating in the event, and 17 more have connections to NBA teams via draft rights. One of those 17 players is Croatian forward Dario Saric, whose rights were acquired by Philadelphia during the 2014 Draft. This week, a five-man Sixers contingent consisting of General Manager Sam Hinkie, head coach Brett Brown, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Michael Carter-Williams traveled to Spain to watch the 20-year-old Saric firsthand. "I am proud of the effort our three players – Nerlens, Joel, and Michael – have made to fly to Spain in order to show their support for Dario, another cornerstone of our program," said Coach Brown. "The opportunity for all of us to spend quality time with each other and continue to discuss how we are going to build our program is very exciting. "As a group we are committed to getting this right." NBA.com

August 31, 2014 Updates

The news about Dario Saric playing after loosing six teeth after being hit during the game of Croatia against Argentina were somehow lost in translation. As the Croatian media reported earlier, Saric lost six artificial dental implants, because he had already lost his natural teeth and he is expected to be ready to play in the rest of the tournament, after visiting a local dentist in Seville. EuroHoops.net

August 30, 2014 Updates

Emphasizing one's own agency to make decisions is a curious thing to say at a celebratory PR event, especially for a budding superstar. And while it's unclear to what or whom exactly Saric was referring, almost every article briefly notes that his €550,000 transfer fee was paid not by the club, but by a third party, Josip Klemm of Klemm Security, who is a visible presence with Saric and the club president at the podium. VICE

However, on April 1, 2014, it was reported that the Croatian state attorney was investigating the loan from Klemm to Cibona. Specifically, the investigation seemed to focus on a strange series of events in 2013 in which Cibona threw out the management of a longtime nightclub in Zagreb, claiming they didn't pay rent. Cibona put a new company in the space and posted Klemm Security out front during the "transition." It was suspected that the new company received discounted rent to somehow help repay Klemm for the Saric loan. When Saric then withdrew his name from the 2013 NBA Draft, it renewed speculation on who was actually behind his decision making. VICE

In June of this year, Cibona sold Saric to the wealthy Turkish club Anadou Efes for the price of €900,000, which presumably squared Cibona's account with Klemm. And with Saric already having appeared to make peace with his father, hiring a new agent, entering the 2014 NBA Draft, being drafted in the lottery, and laying out his plan to come to the NBA after two seasons with Efes, the move away from Cibona would appear to signal that all of the strange circumstances around him over the last two years are now completely in the past. It's something of a happy ending, and hopefully a new beginning that could start as soon as this weekend, when Saric leads Croatia into the FIBA World Cup. If the entire two-year history outlined above seems murky, that's because it is. The story has been well-covered in Croatia by talented journalists--some of whom specialize in investigating organized crime--so the fact that there are still so many questions is reason for concern. VICE

July 9, 2014 Updates

Q: With taking Joel Embiid (sidelined probably for year) and Dario Saric (at least 2 more years in Turkey) do you look at Brett Brown at some point and maybe apologize? Sam Hinkie: I think Brett and I have been in lockstep so far. We really have. Behind closed doors he and I talk a lot about our program, and where it needs to build and where to find value in the kinds of decisions that are easy and the kinds of decisions that are hard, and really what the end in mind is. We talk about that a lot. I try to talk about it with lots and lots and lots of humility because we've got a long way to go. But it's important that we don't take our eye off what it is we are trying to do and how to get there. We have all sorts of pressures all the time - that voice on your shoulder, the frustration that crops up. We want to do what's best for the future. Philadelphia Inquirer

July 1, 2014 Updates

Saric figures to spend the next two seasons in Turkey. At least. Sam Hinkie said that if all things were equal, he would prefer Saric come to the NBA sooner than later. But, as the Sixers’ president and general manager noted, all things are “rarely equal.” This weekend, after the Sixers traded Elfrid Payton to secure the rights to Saric, the Croatian forward spoke to the media. He was asked why he signed that contract to play in Turkey and whether his father pushed for it. "No, my father, before I came here to the United States, he said to me, ‘you make the decision, but I think [Turkey] the best option for you,’” Saric said. “He changed his mind and said that I [should] go into the NBA and I said, 'I think it's better for me to spend two years in Turkey.'" CSNPhilly.com

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