HoopsHype Dario Saric rumors

June 16, 2013 Updates
June 14, 2013 Updates

Cibona GM Vlado Vanjak tells @sofoklo13 Dario Saric "has not yet withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft," and is having "second thoughts. Vanjak told @sofoklo13 Dario Saric will "definitely play in Cibona next season," and he'll decide whether to withdraw "in a couple of days." Sportando

June 11, 2013 Updates

There are a handful of teams that believe Saric is a top five talent in the draft. I believe the Pelicans are one of them. So, yes, if the guys they have ranked ahead of him are all gone, I do think they'd take him at 6. However, they could probably trade down to a pick like 9 or 10, pick up an asset and still get him. The scouts that REALLY know Europe say that there's not a huge difference between Saric and Otto Porter. ESPN.com

All indications are that Croation small forward Dario Saric will withdraw from the draft before the June 17 deadline for international players. While his agent, Robert Jablan, told BourbonStreetShots.com that the decision has been made, some teams are understandably wondering if this is an attempt to secure a promise. After all, Saric previously went from signaling he would stay in Europe to applying for the draft and now has turned around again about five weeks later despite no change in his standing with his stock still somewhere around the teens. One executive said chances are “about 99.9” Saric will jump out of the pool, meaning the NBA is not yet closing the door on 2013. Another said “It sure sounds like it,” when asked whether Saric is staying in Croatia. They’re waiting for 100 percent by June 17. NBA.com

June 10, 2013 Updates

There are a handful of teams that believe Saric is a top five talent in the draft. I believe the Pelicans are one of them. So, yes, if the guys they have ranked ahead of him are all gone, I do think they'd take him at 6. However, they could probably trade down to a pick like 9 or 10, pick up an asset and still get him. The scouts that REALLY know Europe say that there's not a huge difference between Saric and Otto Porter. ESPN.com

June 9, 2013 Updates
June 7, 2013 Updates

After Chad Ford reported yesterday that Dario Saric is “leaning towards withdrawing from the draft”, I decided to take it upon myself to dig a little dipper. After all, I had plenty invested following a 4000+ word piece on Saric yesterday. I reached out to several people, including Saric’s agent Robert Jablan. I asked for a quote or comment on the record regarding Saric’s status for my piece and Jablan responded with the following: "We make decision this morning that we will withdraw Dario from the 2013 draft. Best regards, Robert Jablan" Bourbon Street Shots

June 6, 2013 Updates

Croatian forward Dario Saric is leaning toward withdrawing from the 2013 NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.com. Saric has until June 17 to make a final decision. Saric is ranked No. 11 by ESPN.com and was projected as a lottery pick. The New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks had all shown significant interest in Saric. ESPN.com

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