International players like to pick where to play sometimes. A new report indicates Dario Sanic, one of the top international prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft is doing just that and it may end up working in the Celtics favor. Here’s the report via Eurobasket.com:
Dario Saric, I’m told, has let it be known he plans to go to NBA next season if drafted by Celtics or Lakers.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) May 29, 2014
What does this report mean for the Celtics in the upcoming draft? Potentially, nothing if they don’t like the 20-year-old as a prospect. If they do though, his desires open up some interesting draft possibilities as I wrote at CBSBostonsports.com
If Saric’s intentions match up to this report, this could create an interesting situation for Ainge in regards to the team’s draft strategy, if the team does in fact like the lanky power forward. Boston could conceivably trade down out of the number six pick and into the middle of the first round (9-15) where Saric is most likely to land.
They could also roll the dice and hold tight to their pick at 17, with the hope that Saric’s threat will cause teams in the middle of the first round to pass on him. It’s a risky proposition since several teams could call Saric on his bluff and take him anyway. Still, with a deep draft class in place, NBA front offices will have several appealing options in the middle of the first round beyond Saric, which could make it easier for teams to pass on him.
The bigger question for Boston though is whether Saric would be a good fit in Green. He’s a 20-year-old from Croatia that has been on the NBA radar for most teams since he was 15. He’s not strong enough to play center in the NBA with his 223-pound frame, making him yet another power forward possibility on the already crowded depth chart at the position for Boston.
Check out the full piece at CBSBostonsports.com. In the meantime you can sound off in the comments. Should Saric be on the Celtics radar?