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Dario Saric has chosen Anadolu Efes

By Aris Barkas/

Just two days before the NBA draft in which he was projected to be picked in the lottery, Dario Saric decided that it’s better for him to stay in Europe at least until the summer of 2016 and signed a 2+1 seasons contract with Anadolu Efes.

The 20 years old forward, probably the biggest talent of his age in Europe, was long rumored to be flirting with the Turkish club, as he shares the same agent, Misko Raznatovic, with the new coach of Efes, the legendary Serbian Dusan Ivkovic. However, the announcement of such a deal just before the NBA draft is expected to affect his chances to be picked high in the first round. Initially it was though that Efes was Saric’s fall back option if he wasn’t picked high enough or by an NBA team of his liking, but the Turkish club finally convinced him to stay in the old continent.

The buy out for Saric to Cibona is 1.2 million euros and it will be paid by Efes in three annual installments. This summer the Croatian team will receive 400.000 euros. The same amount (1.2 m. euros) is the NBA out included in the new contract with Efes. As for the player, despite the rumors about a monster deal, his total contract with Anadolu Efes is worth around 2 million euros in total for three seasons according to sources from Turkey. Considering the age of the player, it’s not a bad deal and we have to note that those are net amounts.

UPDATE: According to NBA sources, the new NBA out for Saric is 800.000 US dollars, but nothing is confirmed yet by the club.

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  • Fuzzy

    Now Efes is trying to pull Micic out of NBA draft. That said, with all these international players, there will be no room for Turkish players there. But investments in Istanbul are traditionally short termed, so are the fan expectations.

  • Eren

    Anadolu Efes has Stephane Lasme,Dario Saric, Milko Bjelica and now they want to transfer Nenad Kristic 4 foreign players in center and power point positions thus they transfered Perperoglu and also Planinic will probably stay on team.They are talented players but there is no team enginnering ı think who will orginize these players ?

  • Erman

    How wise it is to spend that much money on a ”prospect” who will leave in 2 years? I think Ivkovic deserves a lot of respect and I am sure he knows what he is doing but as an EFES supporter, I am having a hard time understanding the logic behind this transfer. Saric (possibly) will become a great player but he is not one yet. and right around the time when he will gain enough experience and develop his game, he will leave for the NBA. I really hope he will display 2 years of great performance and give Efes everything he can, I am ready to swallow my words, but I have strong doubts.

    • Sasha

      they have the same agent!!! The same thing is for Krstic. I am not sure whether is this ivkovics choise. Saric is a monster player, great talent but I read somewhere that Duda prefered Vezenkov from ARIS.

    • Jack

      When has Efes ever made a wise signing? Along with the other big spending Turkish club, Fener, they have the dumbest management of any European club.

      These two clubs have wasted hundreds of millions of euros.