The Indiana Pacers are reportedly trying to trade big man Domantas Sabonis after the two parties sat down to discuss an extension. Given their inability to reach an agreement, Indiana has started to look for a trade partner to offload the Lithuanian center.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, 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, as per Amick’s sources.
Sabonis is making just $3.5 million this season and would become a restricted free agent next summer if he doesn’t reach an extension agreement by Monday’s deadline.
Indiana has some long-term salary cap concerns, given that they have several players signed through at least the 2020/21 season making $10 million or more. For instance, Myles Turner received a four-year, $72 million extension last year, while other players like Malcolm Brogdon signed with the team this summer, inking a four-year, $85 million contract in a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee, as well as Jeremy Lamb, who agreed on a three-year, $31.5 million deal in free agency.
Sabonis is still young and is a player that can provide interesting things to any franchise, so now we have to wait and see where he’ll be playing after his time with the Pacers comes to an end.