Pacers Seeking Trade Partner For Sabonis

The Pacers are in active trade talks regarding big man Domantas Sabonis, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports.

Indiana has engaged Sabonis in extension talks but the two parties are far apart, convincing the front office to explore the trade market for the fourth-year forward. The Pacers are in negotiations with several teams regarding Sabonis, who averaged 14.1 PPG,  9.3 RPG and 2.9 APG last season. The Pacers’ asking price in talks has been too high, according to Amick’s sources.

Sabonis is making just $3.5MM this season and would become a restricted free agent next summer if no extension agreement is reached by Monday’s deadline.

The Pacers have some long-term salary cap concerns. They have a handful of players signed through at least the 2020/21 season making $10MM or more. Center Myles Turner received a four-year, $72MM extension before the end of last year’s training camp. Turner and Sabonis are expected to play together in the starting lineup despite concerns their skills might overlap.

The Pacers also added guard Malcolm Brogdon on a four-year, $85MM contract in a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee and handed Jeremy Lamb a three-year, $31.5MM deal in free agency.

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40 thoughts on “Pacers Seeking Trade Partner For Sabonis

    • Wouldn’t happen but D Russell and a pair of seconds for Brogdan and Sabonis.
      Russell and Olidipo make an awesome backcourt (arguably the best in the east). Plus they still have Warren and Turner.
      Warriors get Brogdon who is a 50-40-90 and a better fit next to Curry. He can shoot, play make and defend. Plus they get Sabonis who would fit nicely.

      • formerlyz

        There is no way GS gets Brogdon lol. Would be amazing to replace old Iguodala with a younger version of himself

      • How good would Brogdan be with Curry Thompson and Green. He’s a better fit than Russell and Russell and Oli would be a solid combo themselves

  1. dustyceltics

    I’m a Boston fan and ima just say

    Sabonis to the Heat for Waiters and 2 2nd round picks

    • formerlyz

      Makes more sense for Boston than the Heat. Also, Heat dont have 2 2nds to trade lol

      I feel like the Celtics and Clippers make the most sense

  2. azcrook

    The Warriors make a lot of sense……but, they have major salary cap concerns

  3. L Lawliet

    To the pistons for Maker/k thomas an unprotected 1st and Second. He is back uo center with bith morris and wood giving blake griffin all the rest he needs. And let drummond walk or trade him at the deadline! Perfect scenario.

  4. x%sure

    Like Derrick Favors, I hope he goes somewhere he can be the regular center.

    Sabonis and McDermott make a good pair, on court and for trading, at $10.9MM. Indiana doesn’t have much else to include that’s not locked up until Dec.15 at least, maybe TJ Leaf at 2.9 or JaKarr at 1.7, but they should keep forwards.

    Surely they would like a forward. Cedi Osman matches! Zizic has a foot problem & Nance was moved to forward.

  5. Atlanta maybe.. Cam Reddish Damian Jones and a pair of seconds.
    Atlanta do have abit of a hole at C and he could take some playmaking responsibly of Trae Young. He could also get a deceng extension because Atalanta has Parsons, Crabbe and Turners expiring deals.

    Or Alternatively maybe San Antonio Spurs… Spurs will eventually have to choose between White and Murray for PG maybe you give up one for Sabonis. DeRozen Aldridge and Sabonis plus 1 of either Walker and Murray should be good enough for a playoff spot

      • Cam Reddish wouldn’t be a bad player to give up. Hunter will start and hold the SF from Reddish cause Hunters defence. Reddish still has good value tho and loads of potential.

          • Cause Reddish is behind Hunter in your rotation and Sabonis it’s better. Hunter is their best defender and is decent on offence and Sabonis at the 5 gives the team another playmaker and stuff. Reddish had a horrible college year and if he goes to Indiana hopefully they could get the best out of him.

  6. Curtisrowe

    Interesting. Sabonis would be welcome on just about any team. Celtics could sure use him if they could come up with something creative.

  7. mcase7187

    Sabonis for J. Brown it would fix a need for both teams

    It gives the C’s a starting center and gives them one less forward

    • I was also thinking about this and thought it could be good. Think because both teams are competing against each other in the East they maybe be hesitant. Pacers would have 4 really good defender in Brodgan Olidipo Brown and Turner which might scare Boston cause it’s only really good defender is Marcus Smart.

      • aamatho18

        The problem is the pacers have salary cap concerns and this would not help them at all

  8. the voice inside my head

    Given Kevin Pritchard’s and Chad Buchanan’s past relationship with Portland and the fact that Domantas Sabonis was actually born there while his father played for the Blazers, it’s entirely plausible that Portland becomes a trade partner.

    Portland gets:

    Domantas Sabonis
    Aaron Holiday

    Indiana gets:

    Zach Collins
    Anfernee Simons

    • maddog32

      Portland would never do that trade. They are extremely high on Collins and Simons.

      • the voice inside my head

        Trust me — Neil Olshey makes that offer in a heartbeat if he can negotiate an extension for Sabonis in a sign-and-trade. Sabonis is head and shoulders a more versitlie offensive player than Collins and stronger inside the paint. Holiday for Sons is the throw-in to make the salaries line up – Portland gets a true backup to Lillard and Pacers get the better wing defender that they are lacking off of their bench.

    • Sabonis is to similar to Nurkic for me and Nurkic is on a nice cheap deal, Sabonis would likely want more

    • IslandFlava

      Boston would need to add something to entice Indiana, I believe Sabonis is way better than JB, right?

  9. ffjsisk

    The Hawks have potentially 4 first rounders depending on how the Cavs, Pelicans finish this year. Have at least 2 including their own and the Nets pick. Sabonis would fit perfect next to Collins.

  10. Brogdan and Sabonis for DLoading a first rounder and a pair of seconds.

    Pacers get a all star backcourt duo of Russell and Olidipo (arguably the best backcourt in the east). They also get a future first and some seconds. Not to mention they still have Warren, Turner, Lamb, McBuckets, the Holiday brothers and McConnell. That’s a deep team in an easier eastern conference.
    GSW gets Brogdan who fits better at SG than Russell and is a better defender and more efficient shooter. Sabonis also comes to GSW and would be great. They would have a great starting 5 when Klay returns. Not to mention a bench of Poole, WCS, Looney, Burks, Chriss and others. They might want a good back up PG but GSW would be set.

  11. bknowledge

    To Memphis for rookie Brandon Clarke from Gonzaga and the first round pick that Utah owes to Memphis in the 2020 draft?

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