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Report: Dario Saric (again) says he'll play for Sixers next season

Report: Dario Saric (again) says he'll play for Sixers next season

It appears Dario Saric is finally joining the Sixers.

After he was named MVP of Olympic Qualifiers to earn Croatia a spot in the Rio Olympics, Saric said, "I'm going back home and then to the USA for the 76ers," according to a translation by Eurohoops.net. The Sixers have not confirmed. 

Saric was drafted by the Magic 12th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and immediately traded to the Sixers in a deal for the draft rights to Elfrid Payton. The 22-year-old forward has spent the last few seasons playing for Anadolu Efes in Turkey instead of coming over to play for the Sixers.

But now it appears he is finally on his way to the NBA. The FIBA reporter interviewing him after the overtime victory over Italy on Saturday asked him yes or no about coming to the NBA and Saric yelled "Yes!" as he was leaving. Here's video of the exchange. 

A Croatian website reported last week that Saric was set on heading to Philadelphia. However, at the time, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said nothing was official until a buyout agreement was finalized and he was cleared by FIBA (see full story).

Saric has until July 17 to notify his current team of his choice and would require a buyout if he chooses to leave for the NBA. 
 

Sixers sign center Christ Koumadje to partially guaranteed contract

Sixers sign center Christ Koumadje to partially guaranteed contract

Updated: 6:40 p.m.

Elton Brand isn’t messing around when it comes to depth at center.

The Sixers are signing big man Christ Koumadje to an Exhibit 10 contract.

Koumadje, who stands 7-foot-4, is an undrafted rookie out of Florida State. He played with the Sixers’ summer league team in Las Vegas, averaging six points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 13.7 minutes a game. He also had issues with fouls, committing 4.8 a contest — players get 10 fouls in summer league play.

If Koumadje, 23, gets into an NBA game, he will be the first player from the country of Chad to do so. He’d also be the tallest player in the league —if the Celtics don’t sign the 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall to an NBA deal. There is a possibility that Koumadje is simply an extra camp body and the team is giving him a hard look for its G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. 

The contract has an Exhibit 10 attachment. In that instance, the team has the right to convert the contract to a two-way deal. The Sixers already have their two-way spots filled with Marial Shayok and Norvel Pelle, but things can certainly change. If a two-way deal is not offered off the Exhibit 10, the player can be waived and then sign with the team’s G-League affiliate for up to $50,000, more than a general G-League contract.

Brand already made it a point to increase the depth behind Joel Embiid, signing veterans Al Horford and Kyle O’Quinn.

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More changes coming for Sixers' Brett Brown as Lindsey Harding takes job with Kings

More changes coming for Sixers' Brett Brown as Lindsey Harding takes job with Kings

More changes are coming to the Sixers’ coaching staff for 2019-20.

Lindsey Harding, who became the first female coach in franchise history, is taking a job as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings, a team source confirms.

Harding was serving as a member of the Sixers’ player development staff. The job on new head coach Luke Walton’s bench in Sacramento likely represents a better opportunity for Harding.

The Sixers have added three coaches to Brett Brown’s staff this offseason. The team plucked Ime Udoka — considered one of the better assistants in the league — away from the Spurs along with player development coach Cameron Hodges. The team also hired Joseph Blair, who most recently won the G-League championship as head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the G-League affiliate of the Rockets.

Brown lost Monty Williams and Bill Lange over the last year. Williams is now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns while Lange takes over for Phil Martelli at Saint Joseph’s.

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