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Boban Marjanovic thinks there’s a good chance he stays in Philly

Boban Marjanovic

Boban Marjanovic knows where he wants to play next season. But unfortunately for the 7-foot-3 big man, a fan favorite at every stop of his career, a potential return to the Philadelphia 76ers could be out of his control.

Marjanovic, a free agent come July, told Serbian sports newspaper Zurnal that though he’s not entirely sure how the offseason will play out, he hopes to return to the Sixers next season and is “90 percent sure” that will prove the case.

“I don’t know what will happen,” he said, per Stefan Djordjevic of Eurohoops.net. “I should, almost 90 percent, stay in Philadelphia but that’s not known yet, just speculation. It was nice for me there, so why not.”

The four-year NBA veteran was dealt to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the Tobias Harris trade in February. He went on to average 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game with the Sixers, all career-highs, and was even a regular part of Brett Brown’s rotation for the first six games of the postseason.

The speed and precision of the playoffs ultimately proved too much for Marjanovic, though, as he was a deep reserve for six of the seven games against the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Along with the team’s immense struggles when Joel Embiid was off the floor, that development furthered calls for Philadelphia to address backup center this summer.

Marjanovic, 31, is a poor fit for the modern game due to his utter lack of mobility, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be unable to help a team off the bench during the regular season, as he’s proven when given the opportunity throughout his career. If he’s content signing what could be a below market value contract with Philadelphia and splitting backup center minutes with a teammate, Marjanovic could very well return to the Sixers next season.