LeBron James preaches patience with the 76ers' rebuilding process.
The Cleveland Cavaliers standout was asked his take on the franchise Monday morning at the Wells Fargo Center, hours before facing a team in a protracted rebuilding process.
"I think they have some young talent," James said before the Cavaliers' shootaround. "I think what hurt them a little is the injury of the big fella from Kansas [Joel Embiid, broken right foot.] I know everyone is kind of waiting around to see how well he can play games."
James went on to talk highly on the Sixers coaching staff. He even mentioned that assistant Lloyd Pierce, who spent three seasons as Cleveland player-development coordinator, is one of his favorite coaches.
But the Sixers are in their third season of fielding a sub-NBA standard roster as a way to sacrifice wins in order to secure top draft picks. They have been criticized for doing so, while losing a combined 127 games over the previous two seasons. The Sixers lost their first two games by an average of 22.5 points.
"Everyone wants instant oatmeal," he said of the rebuilding process. "But it's always a process. You got to put the time in. You got to build things from the ground up. This year, it's about making a transition.
"It will happen. Hopefully, it will happen when I'm done."
Daric on his way?
According to a Croatian newspaper VeCernji, Dario Saric will be a Sixer next season.
"In the summer, I will still go because I have a way out in the contract," Saric told the newspaper on Saturday.
Saric was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 12th pick in the 2014 and immediately was traded to the Sixers. However, he signed a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes of Turkish Basketball League the week leading up to the NBA draft. He can opt out of that contract and join the Sixers this offseason.
It would make more sense financially for him to stay another season. Saric would be tied to his rookie-scale deal if plays in the NBA next season. But he would be able to negotiate a restricted free-agent deal for a much richer salary with the Sixers if he waited until the summer of 2017.