There may be a chance that Dario Saric will wear a 76ers uniform sooner than expected.
The Sixers are negotiating with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League to bring the forward to the NBA next season, according to Eurobasket.com.
The Sixers acquired Saric's rights last year in the NBA draft. They traded their first-round pick, Elfrid Payton (10th overall), to the Orlando Magic for Saric, who was selected 12th, plus a 2017 top-11-protected pick and a 2015 second-rounder. Payton made the NBA's all-rookie team this season.
When the Sixers acquired Saric, it appeared that the 6-foot-10, 230-pounder would have to play at least two seasons in Turkey before joining the NBA team.
He signed a three-year contract to play for Efes days before he was drafted by the Magic. The Croatian forward has a player option for the third season.
Saric, 21, would have to have his contract bought out for him to leave after one season. He averaged 11.2 points and 6.5 rebounds this season.
According to reports, the Turkish team could demand about $2 million to release Saric from his contract this summer. However, the Sixers would be able to pay only $625,000 toward a buyout this summer under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.
The Sixers were not available for comment Thursday.