League sources tell The Athletic NBA Insider Shams Charania that the Pacers and center Domas Sabonis have agreed to a four-year, $74.9 million contract extension ahead of Monday's rookie scale extension deadline. Wojnarowski adds that the deal can reach as much as $85 million with bonuses.
The 23-year-old Sabonis turned in a strong season last year.
If the Pacers are serious about getting down to business in talks to trade Sabonis, where would be the best landing spot for him?
Sabonis himself understands the reality of the situation, and was measured in commenting on his negotiations and a potential trade that might follow.
That may have changed after Sabonis heard about the trade rumors, according to the Indianapolis Star. "There's not much more to say". You could argue he was Indiana's best player, in fact, when Victor Oladipo went down.
Sabonis is coming off his best National Basketball Association season, averaging 14.1 points and 9.3 rebounds for IN in 2018-19.
However, there is no doubting his value as a post scorer and rebounder. He has shown signs that he can extend his shooting range.
IN likely favors Turner over Sabonis because of the defensive factor.
He's expected to take on a bigger role with the team this season if he sticks around. "I know exactly how the Pacers feel about me now, and they know how I feel about that", Sabonis said. If they can't come to an agreement, Sabonis would become a restricted free agent next offseason.