Report: Dario Saric's father says his son will play for Sixers next season

This popped up on Twitter this week from a European scout, who says he spoke with Philadelphia 76ers overseas prospect Dario Saric's father, who indicated the former No. 12 overall pick will finally join the rebuilding squad next season. His contract situation opens him up to finally join the team next summer.

Saric currently plays for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball Super League. Saric is averaging 11.9 points on 58 percent shooting from the field and 45.5 percent from 3-point range. That's great, if you believe it will translate to the NBA. That's always a question that can't be answered until the player comes over.

Meanwhile, there's a substantial chance that the Sixers could get a top-three pick this season, and with the Lakers' pick they own to fall back to No. 4 and convey this season. The ideal scenario? Saric comes over, the Sixers get the No. 1 pick and take Ben Simmons, and the Lakers' pick falls back to No. 4, which the Sixers then use to take Jamal Murray out of Kentucky. A starting lineup of Murray, Simmons, Saric, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor with Robert Covington and Hollis Thompson off the bench? That's actually kind of sort of like an actual NBA team.

Of course, with the Sixers' luck, the pick won't convey and they'll miss out on both Simmons and Murray as they go 1 and 2, forcing the Sixers to take Skal Labissiere or Dragan Bender, because they definitely need another big.

Anyway, the process may be failing so far this season, but the Sixers' chances of getting something to work remain bright.

Dario Saric could join the Sixers next year.   (Getty)
Dario Saric could join the Sixers next year. (Getty Images)
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