Saric recently told a Croatian newspaper that he plans on joining the 76ers next summer, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "In the summer, I will still go [to Philadelphia] because I have a way out in the contract," Saric said.
Saric, the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, signed a three-year deal with Turkish club Anadolu Efes shortly a few days before his selection, but his contract apparently contains an opt-out clause that will allow him to pursue his NBA dream when the current season ends. While it may behoove Saric to wait until 2017 to join the Sixers since next season's salary would be tied to the rookie-wage scale, it appears the 21-year-old is willing to forgo the added financial security. Saric is regarded as a smooth-shooting big man with a good handle, but it's unclear how well he'll fit in for the Sixers with Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, and -- when healthy -- Joel Embiid all viewed as long-term assets in the frontcourt.