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NBA Rumor Central: Latest Ben Simmons, Dario Saric news

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Croatian forward Dario Saric, who the Philadelphia 76ers selected with the No. 12 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has said several times that he wants to play in the NBA next season. The Sixers have stayed in contact with Saric over the past two years, and right now president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and head coach Brett Brown are over in Turkey visiting with the forward, according to CSN Philly.

Saric has the ability to get out of his contract with his current team, Anadola Efes (Turkey), if he pays off the buyout, which is reportedly $900,000. The Sixers will pay most, if not all of that amount to get him over here this summer. If Saric comes over this summer he will sign a rookie-scale contract, however if he waits until 2017-18 the Sixers can pay more than that amount.

Saric averaged 11.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists during Euro League games this season.

Each day it appears LSU forward Ben Simmons will indeed be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. A source tells The Intelligencer that agent Rich Paul "has been preparing for his client to go to Philadelphia" since the Sixers won the lottery on May 17.