NBA rumors: Dario Saric not returning in 2021-22

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“We’ve just said ‘indefinitely,’” said Suns General Manager James Jones on Saric’s timetable to return. “We’re going to let it play out. He’s doing well right now, but all those things, until you actually get on the floor and start moving around, and you start playing, it’s just conjecture.”
His return is so far into the future, Saric isn't even putting a target date on it. “It’s a situation I have to figure out,” he said. “It’s going to be my decision, personally. I would like to play, but the other part is when you have doctors, you have a medical staff who try to put a little brake on that. Let’s see, that’ll be nine months, feel right. Three months to be ready for the next season or is it worth it go one more year again. That’s a bigger question than just what I want.”
That’s why Saric isn’t being counted on this season, leaving the Suns without someone who Monty Williams calls the “heart and soul” of the team. “Everybody cheers for Dario,” Williams continued. “They root for him because he’s just a genuine, authentic person and to see him out? We all kind of look over there and see him rehabbing and we all feel bad for him.”
The Dario Saric injury has sneakily thrown off the Suns’ lineups and rotations, eliminating their second-biggest rotation player and forcing an already undersized group (at least in this matchup) to play smaller whenever Deandre Ayton is off the floor. This could’ve been a series the Suns used Saric at the four alongside Ayton, pushing Jae Crowder, Cameron Johnson and/or Torrey Craig to the three in bigger lineups. Phoenix has been forced to play either Johnson or Craig at center, sliding a non-Ayton starter into the vacant slot to form a small lineup. That’s a win for Milwaukee. Saric wouldn’t have solved the rebounding or rim-protection issues, but his gravity as a spot-up shooter and pick-and-pop big could’ve helped offensively.
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams on Dario Saric's ACL injury: "It's just one of those situations that literally breaks your heart. Dario's a guy that I've been with twice - I coached him in Philly - and to get a chance to be with him here, he's what Suns basketball is about."
Phoenix Suns: Injury update: Suns forward/center Dario Šarić has sustained a torn ACL in his right knee. He will be out indefinitely.
Suns reserve forward Dario Saric exited Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night with a right knee injury and did not return to the team's 118-105 win. Saric drove on Bucks center Brook Lopez late in the first quarter and his right knee appeared to buckle when he planted his feet in the paint.
Kellan Olson: Dario Saric is probable for the Suns tomorrow in Philly due to left ankle soreness. No Deandre Ayton on the injury report after he hurt his shoulder yesterday.
Gina Mizell: Dario Saric is planning to play tomorrow vs. Philly. He said he sprained his ankle by stepping wrong during sprints after coming back from COVID. Total fluke injury. (Is this where I share that I sprained my ankle terribly by tripping getting on the Portland streetcar?) #Suns
Dario Saric was a full participant at 76ers practices on Thursday and Friday after missing Monday's preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks with lower-back soreness. "I should be like 110 percent ready for the Boston game," Saric said of Tuesday's season opener against the Celtics at TD Garden.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers PF @Dario Saric is available to play tonight vs. #Milwaukee #Bucks.
Michael Cunningham: Dario Saric left the game and will not return. He has a cut lip and chipped tooth.
Ramona Shelburne: Sixers Dario Saric (cellulitis in his right elbow) is out for tomorrow night's game vs. Brooklyn. He's receiving treatment today intravenously and will be reevaluated tomorrow.
Dario Saric will miss Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with right elbow soreness. The 76ers power forward suffered the injury in Friday’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks at the Phillips Arena. Ersan Ilyasova will start in his place at the Spectrum Center.
Jessica Camerato: Dario Saric is out tonight. T.J. McConnell will play. #Sixers starters vs. #Lakers: Simmons, Bayless, Redick, Covington, Embiid.
"I'm tired a little bit mentally, physically," Saric said. "But I try to push myself to what is possible in this part of the season, in this kind of minute restriction. Of course, I have pain in the foot. But I really want to play. I really want to help the team."
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