Having played two seasons in the Turkish League for Anadolu Efes, Saric was facing a $1.1 million buyout to wipe away the final year of his contract. Since NBA rules only permit a team to contribute $650,000, that meant Saric was on the hook for the remaining $450,000. Saric’s Turkey contract would have paid him $1.66 million in 2016-17, while he’s slotted at $1.93 million with the Sixers this season. If you subtract the $450,000, he’ll actually be making less money here ($1.48 million) than he would’ve in Turkey. Because he’ll enter the league two years into his rookie deal, Saric will earn roughly $9 million over four years as a Sixer. Had he stayed in Turkey one more season, Saric wouldn’t had been bound by his rookie contract with the Sixers and could’ve pocketed at least $20 million for three years, which would’ve meant nearly tripling his annual salary.
As Greek portal sportfm.gr reports, Bogdanovic and his girlfriend were on vacations in the Turkish Bodrum Peninsula, near the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus. When the news about the coup were learned, he flew via a boat to the Greek Island of Rhodes, fearing that things may get worse. The “escape” was arranged via his agent in collaboration with the team manager of the Greek team Colossus, George Gkotzogiannis and the member of the club board Panagiotis Kounakis. The distance between the Greek island and the Bodrum Peninsula can be traveled in one hour, so the 27 years old Croatian arrived safe, spend a few hours in Rhodes and then left for Zagreb.