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Report: Sixers trying to lure Dario Saric for 2015-16 season

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Report: Sixers trying to lure Dario Saric for 2015-16 season

Could Dario Saric be in a Sixers uniform sooner rather than later?

According to a report on Wednesday night by international basketball reporter David Pick, the Sixers are trying to lure Saric to Philadelphia from his Turkish team, Anadolu Efes, for the 2015-16 season.

Saric signed a three-year deal with Anadolu Efes just days before the 2014 draft. The contract has a player option in the final year of the deal, which is reportedly worth $1.2 million.

The NBA's collective bargaining agreement states that "the limit on payments to international teams (for the purpose of securing the right to enter into a contract with a player) that will be excluded from team salary is $600,000 for the 2014-15 season, increasing by $25,000 each season thereafter."

Therefore, the Sixers would be able to pay only $625,000 in a potential buyout for the upcoming season. Saric would be responsible for the remainder of the money.

Under the current CBA, if Saric signed with the Sixers prior to the upcoming season, he would be held to the rookie salary scale for first-round draft picks. The scale determines the annual salary based on year and draft position. With Saric being the 12th overall pick in 2014, the 21-year-old Croatian would be in line to make $1.8 million, with the Sixers allowed to offer 20 percent above or below that figure. If they offer Saric the full 120 percent, he could put the extra money toward his buyout.

If Saric honors his entire deal with Anadolu Efes, he would be three years removed from his draft date without signing an NBA contract, meaning he would no longer be held to the rookie salary scale.

When asked in mid-April on TCN's Breakfast on Broad if Saric could play for the Sixers next season, team CEO Scott O'Neil said, "There is a chance, not a high chance, but a chance."

Saric was drafted by the Orlando Magic, but the Sixers acquired his rights in exchange for 10th overall pick Elfrid Payton.

Saric is currently playing in the best-of-seven final of the Turkish Basketball League. In six playoff games, the 6-foot-10 small forward is averaging 12.7 points per game, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 25.7 minutes.

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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