It has been fairly quiet on the Domantas Sabonis entrance currently.
Again on Dec. 7, the Athletic’s Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz reported that the Pacers had been “receptive in commerce dialogue with rival groups concerning a number of veteran gamers” on their roster, together with Sabonis. A couple of days later, Charania added that the two-time All-Star is “anticipated to generate sturdy curiosity” across the league and shall be “among the many engaging gamers who may very well be obtainable in a commerce.”
Nonetheless, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on “The Hoop Collective” podcast in mid-December that he hadn’t heard Sabonis’ title a lot within the commerce market. Not but, anyway.
We’re nonetheless a month out from this season’s commerce deadline. Even when there is not a lot chatter about Sabonis proper now, he may very well be top-of-the-line gamers obtainable. (The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and The Motion Community’s Matt Moore additionally reported that they’ve heard he desires out of Indiana, which might add one other layer to all of this, although Pacers reporter Scott Agness mentioned that is false.)
With that in thoughts, here is what Sabonis brings to the desk, plus a number of potential commerce locations for him.
What a staff can be getting in Domantas Sabonis
Sabonis has undergone a pretty dramatic transformation since getting into the league. Whereas Oklahoma Metropolis used him as a stretch 4 in his rookie season, he has since turned himself right into a bruising middle who eats double-doubles for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Over the past two and a half seasons, Sabonis has been good for 19.4 factors and 12.1 rebounds on a nightly foundation. He is recorded a complete of 126 double-doubles throughout that stretch, placing him behind solely three-time Defensive Participant of the 12 months Rudy Gobert (129) and reigning MVP Nikola Jokic (132) for many within the league.
Sabonis generates his offense in methods you’d anticipate a standard middle to. Not solely is he a highly-skilled scorer together with his again to the basket…
…however he is one of many league’s finest pick-and-roll bigs.
What he lacks within the athleticism division he makes up for together with his footwork, contact and basic know-how — when to set a tough display, when to slide, the place to place himself to open up passing lanes.
He additionally constantly ranks among the many league leaders in scoring off of cuts and putbacks.
He isn’t a lot of a shooter, however Sabonis gives some hope of spacing.
After eliminating 3s from his recreation in his first three seasons with the Pacers, he tried 2.6 3-pointers per recreation final season whereas connecting on them at a 32.1 p.c clip. Not a lot has modified thus far this season — he is taking 2.5 3-pointers per recreation and making them at an virtually similar price (32.3 p.c).
Sabonis will shoot from midrange on occasion as effectively, although the outcomes have been fairly up-and-down thus far of his profession. In his first 4 seasons, he mixed to shoot a decent 194-for-485 (40.0 p.c) from midrange. Since then, he is 34-for-122 (27.6 p.c) from that distance.
Sabonis is not only a scorer, in fact. Along with these 19.4 factors and 12.1 rebounds, he is averaged 5.5 assists per recreation over the past two and a half seasons, rating him seventh among forwards and centers.
He is a genuinely good passer, significantly out of the put up and elbow.
The largest concern with Sabonis comes on the opposite finish of the courtroom. Not that he is a misplaced trigger, however he is by no means been a lot of a rim protector as a result of his bodily limitations and he would not profile as somebody who would thrive in a change heavy-scheme. Due to that, Sabonis would profit significantly from taking part in alongside versatile defenders.
Potential commerce locations for Domantas Sabonis
Charlotte Hornets — Heart is a place of want for the Hornets. There’s an argument to be made that they’d be higher off with Myles Turner as a result of he offers them extra of what they’re missing — a defensive anchor who can defend the rim at a excessive stage — however Sabonis would give them much more firepower offensively.
Toronto Raptors — The Raptors have reportedly proven an curiosity in Sabonis up to now. The Raptors would be capable to encompass Sabonis with quite a few versatile defenders and he would give them a low put up presence they have not had since Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol. Solely 25, Sabonis is an honest slot in Toronto’s timeline.
Dallas Mavericks — The Mavericks would profit from having one other creator on their roster. Whereas Sabonis is not a standard playmaker, he’d be capable to take a number of the playmaking burden off of Luka Doncic’s shoulders. Sabonis and Kristaps Porzingis would kind an fascinating frontcourt duo — assuming, in fact, that Dallas might get Sabonis with out giving up Porzingis.
Golden State Warriors — Sabonis can be a captivating addition to the Warriors, who’ve the means to make an enormous transfer if they need. Defensively, Draymond Inexperienced might cowl for lots of his weaknesses. Offensively, Sabonis would have a discipline day taking part in in Steve Kerr’s motion-based system as a passer and cutter subsequent to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Sacramento Kings — The Kings are one among two groups The Athletic’s Shams Charania talked about as having “proven curiosity” in Sabonis lately. A two-time All-Star, Sabonis would convey some star energy to a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2005-06.
What’s Domantas Sabonis’ wage?
Sabonis is on the books for $18.5 million this season. He’ll make $18.5 million in 2022-23 and $19.4 million in 2023-24.
Sabonis shall be an unrestricted free agent within the 2024 offseason.
It would not be tough for groups to match Sabonis’ wage, however the Pacers are mentioned to have an “extremely high value” on him. Secure to imagine it’ll take rather a lot to get him.