Saric's trip to NBA Summer League in jeopardy
LAS VEGAS – There a chance that Daric Saric won't make the trip to the NBA Summer League.
His travel plans could be hindered due to the Croatian national team's advancing far in an Olympic Qualifer. His team earned a berth in the Rio Olympics with an 84-78 overtime victory over Italy in the final of the FIBA qualifying tournament in Turin, Italy on Saturday.
Saric was scheduled to fly back to Croatia after the game. Then he was scheduled to meet his manager and parents. After that, he was going to purchase a plane ticket and fly here to meet his Sixers teammates and sign a contract.
The problem is that he may not have enough time to do all that. The Sixers play their final preliminary game on Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors. They'll play a yet-to-be determined opponent in the opening round of the tournament portion of the summer league on Wednesday. If they lose that game, the Sixers would conclude the tournament in Friday's consolution round.
As a result, Saric would be pushing it just to come here to meet teammates a sign a contract. He wouldn't have a lot of time to remain in the United States due to practice obligations for the Olympics.
The Sixers, however, still anticipate they'll get everything done to sign the 6-foot-10 power forward for this season. The only questions are where and when.
His deadline to get out of his contract with Andolu Efes of the Turkish Super Basketball League is Sunday. The Sixers are still working on that with him.
Saric was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 12th overall pick in 2014 and immediately traded to the Sixers. However, he signed a three-year contract with the Turkish team in the week leading up to the NBA draft.
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