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Dario Saric | Forward | #9

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/8/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 225
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (12) / ORL

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Dario Saric believes that he and Ben Simmons can share the court.
"I think we've got similar skills," said Saric of Simmons. "I think on the court he can play 4 and I will play 3, or he will play 3 and I will play 4, or he would play point guard and I would play another position. If you have five players who can run and feel each other on the court, it doesn't matter which position we play." Spacing could be an issue with both of those guys on the floor at the same time, but Brett Brown seems determined to play the duo together for prolonged stretches. Jul 21 - 2:18 PM

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Brett Brown said that he plans on playing Dario Saric "a lot in multiple situations."

"He can shoot, pass and dribble at 6-foot-10 and he's competitive as any young player I've seen in a long time," Brown said. "He'll force me to play him a lot in multiple situations." Saric added that while he spent a majority of his playing time at the power forward position while in Europe, he's also capable of playing small forward, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he earns during his rookie year. Philly trading away some of their bigs would really help Saric's fantasy value.
Jul 16 - 11:57 AM

76ers sign F Dario Saric.

It's official and he'll wear No. 9 with his new team. Saric won the MVP award for the Olympic Qualifier with a 14-point game in the final. He'll be playing mostly small forward, so he'll have to compete with Robert Covington for playing time. Saric is a very good shooter and is a solid ball-handler for a 6'10" forward. He's only a late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Jul 15 - 5:04 PM

Dario Saric is expected to sign with the 76ers on Friday, and coach Brett Brown expects him to play both small forward and power forward.

The Sixers' former lottery pick has spent the past two seasons playing in Turkey, but he'll make the jump to the NBA at age 22. Brown raved about him on Tuesday, saying, "He can rebound, lead a break, he can hit threes ... He just comes with a real versatility and skill package at 6-foot-10, similar to Ben [Simmons] in some ways." The Sixers have a logjam in their frontcourt, but Saric is still a guy to monitor throughout the preseason.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 13 - 8:12 PM

Dario Saric said he's going to join the 76ers.

All of the sudden, the 76ers have a lot of excitement. On top of this news, Saric was named MVP in the Olympic Qualifier with averages of 14 points, 10 boards and 2.2 assists. He's looked tremendous recently in international play and could threaten Gerald Henderson for the starting job. He'll be one of the best players to watch in Brazil next month.
Source: Euro Hoops
Jul 9 - 6:34 PM

According to a source of the Bucks County Courier Times, Dario Saric may not join the 76ers next season.

Saric told reporters on June 29 that he was trying to finalize a buyout with his Turkish team Anadolu Efes, but he could be leaving a lot of money on the table by signing now and he may not see many minutes with Ben Simmons around. Saric wouldn't be limited to a rookie-scale contract if he stays overseas for one more season, and he could probably make twice that amount in 2017. "He's not coming over to be a backup," said the source. "Why would he come over now? How is he going to play?"
Jul 8 - 9:39 AM

The 76ers are working on a deal to sign Dario Saric this month.

He told reporters he is heading to Philly and it sounds like it'll happen for next season. Saric is going to have to pay some money out of his own pocket for his buyout from his Turkish club, but the 76ers should be able to help him out. He really came on late in the Euroleague and would be in the rotation for coach Brett Brown. He's only a late-round flier for now.
Jun 29 - 4:54 PM

Dario Saric stated during a recent interview that he intends to join the 76ers next season.

Saric said that while he has one more year remaining on his contract with his Turkish club, he gave his word to the 76ers that he would come stateside after two years, and his word is more important than a piece of paper. All signs point to Saric completing a buyout with his European club and making his NBA debut next season. It'll be interesting to see what kind of role he earns during his rookie year, but he'll likely hurt the value of Jerami Grant.
Jun 29 - 10:48 AM

Dario Saric has a 99 percent chance to join the 76ers next year, according to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.

The majority of signs point to Saric coming over, so it looks like the 76ers will have both 2014 first-round picks ready to go -- Joel Embiid (foot) is coming along. It's not going to be cheap for Saric to come over because the 76ers can only pay for part of his buyout. Recently, he was fairly impressive in the playoffs overseas, averaging 12.6 points on a wonderful 65.7 true shooting percentage in those 11 games. It's nice to see the 76ers finally get some good news these days.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 15 - 2:26 PM

The 76ers are reportedly unsure if Dario Saric will join the team for the 2016-17 season.

The team has told Saric that they want him in Philadelphia for the 2016-17 season, but are unsure of his intentions at the moment. "I wasn’t pessimistic, I wasn’t optimistic. I was somewhat neutral as to whether or not I felt he would be coming over and I still feel that way," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said after meeting with Saric in Turkey last week. "I’d like to think that our objectives are aligned. What we’d like to do is get him in to play for us next year." Saric has until July 17 to inform his current team of his intentions, so we should have clarity on his decision within the next month.
Jun 14 - 10:32 AM

The Sixers have informed Dario Saric that they want him to play for Philadelphia during the 2016-17 season.

Both Saric and the Sixers have now publicly stated their desire to make it work with one another in advance of next season, so it's really just a matter of making it official at this point. As for his fantasy outlook, Saric's preseason ranking will be dependent upon what kinds of moves Philadelphia makes around him as well as how clear his path is to playing time.
Jun 13 - 1:38 PM

Bryan Colangelo said that Dario Saric's game has shown a lot of improvement.

"He really showed his full repertoire, everything from some post moves and some good interior passing to an improved shot," Colangelo said. "The perimeter shot looks like it's really coming. He's got a full range of ball skills and passing skills. I think his game will definitely translate to the NBA in a positive way." Colangelo and coach Brett Brown are overseas checking on Saric's progress, but they also wanted to discuss his NBA plans. Colangelo said that both sides have a "desire" to make it happen, but added that he should have more clarity in a few weeks.
Jun 11 - 10:38 AM

Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo and head coach Brett Brown are reportedly overseas to meet with Dario Saric about his NBA plans.

Brown has been communicating with Saric via WhatsApp and will now meet with the 22-year-old alongside Colangelo. Saric has said he wants to play with the Sixers for the 2016-17 season, so we could see him with the team quickly if Philadelphia agrees to buy out his contract. Nothing is set in stone, but Saric will be an intriguing late-round pick in 2016-17 if he follows through with his plans and winds up in the NBA.
Jun 7 - 1:51 PM

Dario Saric plans to play with the 76ers for the 2016-17 season, according to a Croatian newspaper.

While Saric reportedly told teammaes he's headed to the NBA, the 76ers plan to head to Turkey to confirm those plans with Saric. "I don't want to go on hearsay and what might have been said by him or what his friends are telling people he's telling them," said Sixers president of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo. As long as Saric follows through on his plan, he'll make for an interesting late-round flier in fall fantasy drafts as he should be able to earn minutes with Philadelphia.
May 10 - 9:27 AM

Brett Brown believes Dario Saric can grow into a stretch power forward.

"I think he can grow to that," Brown said. Nobody—including Brown—truly knows what Saric can become in the NBA, but the Sixers are expected to start finding out beginning this offseason. Saric's expected arrival will give Philadelphia (another) frontcourt logjam, but he should make for an interesting fantasy flier regardless of the roster composition around him. Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and head coach Brett Brown plan to travel to Istanbul to meet with Saric, his family and agents regarding his status for 2016-17.
May 9 - 9:51 AM

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PG1Jerryd Bayless
2Sergio Rodriguez
3T.J. McConnell
4Kendall Marshall
SG1Gerald Henderson
2Timothe Luwawu
3Nik Stauskas
SF1Robert Covington
2Dario Saric
3Hollis Thompson
PF1Ben Simmons
2Jerami Grant
3Shawn Long
4James Webb III
C1Nerlens Noel
2Jahlil Okafor
3Joel Embiid
4Richaun Holmes
5Carl Landry
6Elton Brand