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Source: Dario Saric to sign with Sixers on Friday

Source: Dario Saric to sign with Sixers on Friday

LAS VEGAS — The wait will be over this week. 

Dario Saric will sign with the Sixers on Friday, according to a source.

The Sixers acquired Saric two years ago on draft night in a trade with the Orlando Magic, who selected him 12th overall. Since then, the 22-year-old forward from Croatia has been playing for Anadolu Efes in Istanbul.

According to international basketball reporter David Pick, the buyout for Saric's current overseas contract — which had one year remaining — is $1.1 million. Per the CBA, the Sixers can pay up to $650,000 of it while Saric must pay the rest.

There had been uncertainty as to when Saric would join the Sixers. Given the NBA's rookie salary scale, there are financial benefits for Saric to remain overseas for another year. But following the Olympic Qualifiers last weekend, he told reporters he intended to play in Philadelphia next season

The Sixers have been in communication with Saric while he's played in Europe. Head coach Brett Brown has been corresponding with him using WhatsApp. This past season, player development assistant Chris Babcock went to Istanbul for over a week to spend time with Saric and monitor his workouts. In June, Brown and president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo also traveled to Istanbul to visit Saric. 

“We think this is good timing for him,” Colangelo said on The Comcast Network's Breakfast on Broad in May.

Saric averaged 11.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 24 Euroleague games this season. He shot 50 percent from the floor and 40.3 percent from three. Last weekend, he posted an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament title game and was named tourney MVP.

"For those who haven't seen him play, there will be a real excitement of how versatile he is," Brown said Tuesday on NBATV's broadcast of the Sixers’ summer league game. "There is a toughness that the city of Philadelphia is just going to fall in love with. He's a bull-in-a-china-shop type player. He can rebound, lead a break, he can hit threes — that's the thing I think I'm most excited about watching the growth of his game. He just comes with a real versatility and skill package at 6-foot-10, similar to Ben (Simmons) in some ways."

Brown has said he envisions Saric playing the "three-four." The Sixers are loaded with bigs and Saric could fit into the three-spot with the current roster. They already have first overall pick Simmons, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Jerami Grant and Richaun Holmes in the frontcourt. Joel Embiid is expected to play this season, as well. 

“If you want a guy that gives 100 percent every time, he’s such a hard worker and he wants to play on both ends of the floor,” Saric's former teammate Stephane Lasme told CSNPhilly.com at Las Vegas summer league. “He wants to play hard on defense, so hard on offense, and he tries to get every rebound.”

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 in north-central Africa 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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