Furkan Korkmaz is leaving Turkey for the Sixers after a deal was made for his buy out with Anadolu Efes accepting a smaller sum than the initial number of 2 million US dollars.
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A deal has been made between Efes and ISTBasket agency, the Turkish agents of the player who are led by former NBA player and EuroLeague legend Mirsad Turkcan, for a smaller buy out. The details of the deal are not yet known, a longterm payment plan is also expcted to be included and Korkmaz is free to sign his NBA contract with the Sixers. In this photo the young guard is signing the buy out deal with Anadolu Efes which opened his road towards the NBA.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers working on details of buyout agreement so Furkan Korkmaz can play for team next season. It “very well might” happen.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Furkan Korkmaz rights-holders Anadolu Efes confirm he will make NBA jump to Sixers. He’s paying over $1.3M to free himself from $2M buyout.
Tom Moore: #NBA source: #Sixers still don’t know if Turkish guard Furkan Korkmaz will be playing summer league for them next month.
Jessica Camerato: “My dream is to be NBA player.” – Furkan Korkmaz pic.twitter.com/w0wJWBy1fa
Keith Pompey: … My dream is to be an NBA player. So I’m working for that next year. Nobody knows what is going to happen for next season.
Jessica Camerato: Korkmaz on his game: “My best is athleticism and shooting. I think I do great on offense part. I need to improve my defense also.”
Keith Pompey: Furkan Korkmaz said he weighs 86 or 87 kilos. That translates to 190 to 192 pounds.
The question is much more financial in nature, though, with a buyout of $2 million that the combination of the Sixers’ max allowed contribution ($675k) + Korkmaz’s rookie scale contract (~$1.2m max) is unlikely to reach. This is part of the reason that Korkmaz fell, because once he fell beyond a certain point in the draft (and, thus, his max earning potential fell thanks to first round picks being under a scale) you had to be willing to commit to stashing him overseas for a couple of years. Perhaps Efes might be willing to renegotiate his buyout, but short of that his presence in Philadelphia for the 2017-18 season is unlikely, in my opinion.
While Furkan Korkmaz, who remains under contract to play for Anadolu Efes in 2017-18 after playing for the Turkish club last season, is expected to scrimmage with some current Sixers and interact with team personnel, the slender 6-foot-6 shooting guard still might not join the 76ers for the upcoming season.
“We want to get a better, closer look at him (and) get him in the gym,” said president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo on Monday. “I want the coaches to get a better feel for him before a decision is made as to what happens, roster-wise, next year. I think it’s a good first step.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Furkan Korkmaz is traveling to Philadelphia. He wants NBA, but Sixers could re-stash him at Anadolu Efes. Has $2M out.
Furkan Korkmaz, similar to Dario Saric’s situation last year, has a buyout in his contract playing professional basketball in his native Turkey that would allow him to join the NBA. But, unlike Saric, who was the No. 12 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Korkmaz went No. 26 in 2016. That means a great deal because Korkmaz’s slotted NBA salary in the 2017-18 season would be $1.22 million. Saric’s, meanwhile, was $2.32 million during his recently completed rookie year with the Sixers after spending two seasons with Anadolu Efes in Istanbul. Since the league limits how much every team can contribute toward a buyout, it might not be financially feasible for the 19-year-old Korkmaz to join the Sixers now.
“I believe he’s got a desire to come (to Philadelphia),” Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo said on Wednesday at the team’s training facility. “He’s actually really long and he’s growing. He might be 6-7, 6-8 now and with ball skills. (He’s a) good decision-maker, shot-maker (and) does a lot of good things — very interesting player.”
While Korkmaz has put on nine or 10 pounds, he still needs to get stronger and gain more high-level experience. Colangelo saw Korkmaz play and then sat down to talk with him in Spain during the last week of April. Colangelo said he thinks Korkmaz is “emotionally ready (for the NBA, but) I think physically he’s got a ways to go. Dario was probably farther along, age-wise and experience-wise, when he was coming over.”
Sixers draft pick Furkan Korkmaz wants out of Europe and hopes to be in a Philly uniform next season, sources said. However, the shooting guard has two seasons remaining on his contract with Turkish team Anadolu Efes. Korkmaz has a complicated buyout that could prohibit from him from achieving his goal, according to sources.
Colangelo attended Tuesday’s EuroLeague playoff game between Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz and CSKA Moscow in Vitoria, Spain. CSKA’s roster includes Serbian standout Milos Teodosic, a 6-foot-5 point guard whom ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla calls the best passer in the world. In addition to scouting talent, Colangelo will watch shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz play in the Basketball Champions League semifinals on Friday and Sunday in Tenerife, Spain. The Sixers selected Korkmaz with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft. The Turkish player remained in Europe because he could not get out of his contract with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Super Basketball League.
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