Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and head coach Brett Brown plan to travel to Istanbul to meet with 2014 first-round pick Dario Saric, his family and agents, regarding his status for the 2016-17 season, Colangelo said Monday morning on TCN's Breakfast on Broad.
Should Saric stay in Turkey for another season and wait one more year before joining the Sixers, he would be out of the rookie salary scale and would stand to earn more money. Colangelo believes the shape of the roster, including who the Sixers select in the draft, could have an impact on Saric’s decision.
“We think this is good timing for him,” Colangelo said. “We hope that he does have a desire to be here.”
Brown recently said he communicates with Saric through text using WhatsApp. He previously had intended to visit Saric but was advised against it because of international conditions.
“He’s great,” Brown said of the Saric at the end of the season. “I get a kick out of his English. ... He’s a stud though, as far as corresponding.”