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Report: Dario Saric leaning toward withdrawing from draft

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Likely first round pick Dario Saric is leaning toward withdrawing from the NBA Draft, according to ESPN.com.

Sources say that Saric, who plays for the Croatian team Cibona, understands his lofty draft position but wants to stay in Europe one more year to hone his skills. He's enjoying his time in Croatia and feels he's not quite ready for the NBA.

The Croatian forward is projected to go in the top 25 with CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish having him being taken 19th by the Cavaliers and Matt Moore has him going 22nd to the Nets.

Saric has been linked to a number of teams with interest in him landing as high as the Pelicans (sixth), Mavericks (11th) and Thunder (12th). Pelicans general manager Dell Demps was reportedly in Croatia to scout Saric last week.

If Saric does indeed withdraw, it will make an already perceived weak draft even weaker. He's likely a draft and develop player, but certainly a capable, potential lottery talent.

Saric, 19, has until June 17 to make his final decision.

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