Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis might be on the move

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis heard the rumors that IN has engaged IN trade talks with a handful of teams. Apparently, they've already engaged several teams about just that.

Sabonis is a skilled offensive big man who is versatile.

There is no lack of interest in Sabonis, who averaged 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season as the Pacers - who lost Oladipo to a season-ending ruptured quad injury in a game against Toronto on January 23 - pulled off such a surprising campaign (48-34; lost in the first round to Boston).

The 23-year-old has been in contract discussions with the Pacers in recent weeks about an extension, but according to The Athletic, the two sides are far apart.

IN gave Myles Turner a four-year, $72 million deal last October and shoved a four-year, $85 million contract into the hands of Malcolm Brogdon this summer. It should be a big year for us, we're excited, so that's where my focus has been. That's a lot of money floating around the roster and it would be hard to give Sabonis the huge deal he's asking for. However, two things limit Sabonis: He is not good defensively and he does not space the floor (76.4 percent of his shots came within 10 feet of the basket last season, and he doesn't make many beyond that range).

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