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Saric now a 2014 draft prospect

6/17/2013

There have been reports that Croatian forward Dario Saric is planning to withdraw from the 2013 NBA draft and the paperwork will be sent in today before Monday's deadline, reports ESPN.com's Chad Ford.

Ford writes: "Despite the interest (from several teams), Saric was concerned he wouldn't get playing time in the NBA or would spend all of his time in the D-League."

According to Ford, the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder had a lot of interest in Saric.

Ford did have Saric as the No. 11 best prospect on his Top 100 Big Board. Saric still expects to be a lottery pick in 2014. With Saric no longer available, Ford believes Shabazz Muhammad and Sergey Karasev may benefit the most.

By delaying his entry into the NBA a season, there is also the chance that it could be costly for Saric in terms of where he's drafted. Both Jay Bilas and Chad Ford have Saric rated as the No. 2 small forward behind Otto Porter had he stayed in the 2013 draft. Whereas next season, there's a huge group of talented small forwards -- Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Glenn Robinson III, Kyle Anderson, Aaron Gordon, Alex Poythress -- that's expected to be in the draft. It'll be much more difficult for Saric to be considered a lottery pick with so many big-name SFs on the board.