There is set to be 8 Croatians playing in the NBA next season with 22-year-old star Dario Šarić looking likely to join the Philadelphia 76ers…
Šarić was selected by the Orlando Magic with the No. 12 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, who then traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers. Šarić however did not join the NBA and went off to play in Turkey with Anadolu Efes.
This week though Šarić told Croatian media that he looks set to make his NBA debut next season, despite still having one year remaining on his contract in Turkey.
“Everything is heading towards that decision (to join the 76ers) coming through. I am waiting till the end of this Olympic qualifying tournament to sit down again with them and to agree that I go off and sign the contract in America,” Šarić was quoted in the Croatian media.
“I still have one year left on my contract with Efes and Perasović wants me to stay, but I promised people (in America) that I would come after two seasons. For me a promise is the most important thing. If you are a man of your world then it does not matter what is on paper,” Šarić added.
Šarić will join a large contingent of Croatian players in the NBA next season. Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns), Ivica Zubac (Los Angeles Lakers) and Ante Žižić (Celtics) were picked up in the recent draft and join Bojan Bogdanović (Brooklyn Nets), Mario Hezonja (Orlando Magic), Damjan Rudež (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Duje Dukan (Sacramento Kings) who were playing in the NBA last season.