Dario Saric glad about Suns trade, says he didn’t get ‘fair chance’ with Timberwolves
Dario Saric is on the move once again, this time to the Phoenix Suns. On Thursday night’s draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves packaged the Croatian forward together with the 11th overall pick to the Suns in exchange for the 6th overall pick.
Saric, however, didn’t seem dismayed about the deal. He was actually glad that he got out of Minnesota.
“I’m not sad about this trade, I’m actually happy about it all and glad because I think I didn’t get a fair chance in Minnesota. In Phoenix, I very much expect it. All in all, I’m satisfied.” Saric told in his interview with Sibenik.in, as translated by Stefan Djordjevic of EuroHoops.
The Homie also expressed his joy of reuniting with Monty Williams, the Suns’ newly-minted head coach. Williams was the assistant coach in Saric’s first year with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Saric regressed in his third year in the NBA. The 25-year old started out slow to begin the year with Philadelphia. After 13 games into the 2018-19 season, the Sixers acquired Jimmy Butler in exchange for a package that included Saric. In those 13 contests, Saric shot an abysmal 36 percent from the field and 30 percent from deep.
After getting traded, Saric never really regained the form he had back in his sophomore campaign with the Sixers. Saric blossomed into a full-time starter in his second year in Philadelphia.
Averaging nearly 30 minutes per game in Philly, Saric only played 24 minutes per game in his 68-game stint with Minnesota. He also started just 28 games with the Timberwolves, most of which came towards the end of the season.
In Phoenix, Saric projects to start at power forward next to last year’s top overall pick DeAndre Ayton.