One of the NBA’s best big man could be on the move soon. Sam Amick of The Athletic reports that the Indiana Pacers are actively engaged in trade talks with other teams over Domantas Sabonis.
The urgency to trade Sabonis to another team appeared as the Pacers and the 23-year-old forward are unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension. It is reported that the two sides are far part.
Since it is unlikely that the agreement will be reached and the coming Monday (October 21) is the last day for teams to sign a player to a rookie scale extension.
If by the end of Monday the two sides don’t agree, Sabonis will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Even though the Pacers will have the right to match other teams’ offers, it is expected that the contract demands from Sabonis will be much higher in a relatively low-talented free agency.
Recently Pacers’ coach Nate McMillan stated that the youngest son of Lithuanian basketball legend Arvydas Sabonis will be starting games alongside Myles Turner.
Sabonis had his best season in the NBA in 2018-2019 as he averaged 14.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.