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Dario Saric likely won't declare for 2014 NBA Draft, per report

Saric reportedly has a new deal in place with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League.

Croatian forward Dario Saric has an agreement in principle on a three-year deal with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League and it's highly unlikely he'll declare for the 2014 NBA Draftaccording to ESPN's Chad Ford.

Saric flirted with the draft last year before deciding to pull out and remain with KK Cibona of the Adriatic League. In 24 games in the Adriatic League, the 19-year-old is averaging 16.2 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 50.6 percent. Saric was named the 2013 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year in February.

At 6'10, Saric is a versatile forward who was projected by most to be a lottery pick this year. Instead, he'll join Efes on a new deal worth $8.27 million over three years. Efes is a step up from Cibona and will give Saric the opportunity to play in the Euroleague.

It's not clear what the NBA buyout will look like in Saric's new deal, but he certainly won't be able to come to the league next season, which is why it's highly likely he won't declare for the draft.