Storyline: Furkan Korkmaz to Sixers?

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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.

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.

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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