Pacers want an All-Star for Domantas Sabonis

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As the Pacers have engaged in trade talks for most on their rotation, league sources told The Athletic they are asking for an All-Star in return for Domantas Sabonis, while seeking a package of picks and young players for their other starters like Myles Turner and Caris LeVert.
Source: Jared Weiss @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
One takeaway from Pacers practice: Domantas Sabonis is having to school up the newcomers + young guys, and he wants more time on the court with Lance Stephenson.
Read more: fieldhousefiles.substack.com6:24 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
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Domantas Sabonis
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🖥 https://t.co/NmSELRfPVQ pic.twitter.com/oNXqYtTNkB12:43 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers entered today 7-0 when they score at least 116 points this season. Well let’s test it.
LA up 116-105 after Batum ends drought with another corner 3, Jackson makes 2 FTs, and Sabonis donates another bucket to Jackson. 6:45 left to play. – 5:37 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Sabonis + Bitadze minutes. It’s been a while, but Carlisle used to love this group to provide a different look. Pacers have cut it to 7: forbes.com/sites/tonyeast…5:33 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Domantas Sabonis was starting to get comfortable going through Isaiah Hartenstein, but then Jackson and Morris hit back-to-back 3s to jack the lead to 52-39.
Carlisle calls timeout with 6:33 left in the first half. – 4:25 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Second unit having some trouble with turnovers and slashers. Now Pacers come back with Sabonis, while Hartenstein comes in for Ibaka. – 4:18 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
#Pacers starters today:
Duane Washington Jr.
Justin Holiday
— Caris LeVert
Torrey Craig
— Domantas Sabonis – 3:17 PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Pacers starting Duane Washington Jr., Caris LeVert, Justin Holiday, Torrey Craig and Domantas Sabonis today at Clippers.
Down three starters from what we expected to begin the season: Brogdon, Warren, Turner. – 3:15 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Jeremy Lamb was a game time decision with knee soreness today against LA, and he is OUT.
Pacers switch up the starters and move Keifer Sykes to the bench: Caris LeVert, Duane Washington, Justin Holiday, Torrey Craig, and Domantas Sabonis will be the opening 5. – 3:12 PM

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
MLK Jr. Day basketball
LAC
Marcus Morris Sr.
Nicolas Batum
Ivica Zubac
Amir Coffey
Reggie Jackson
IND
Justin Holiday
Torrey Craig
Domantas Sabonis
Caris LeVert
Duane Washington Jr. – 3:04 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
If our RPR MVP Predictor determined East All-Stars…
Starters
G: Trae Young
G: James Harden
F: Giannis Antetokounmpo
F: Kevin Durant
F: Joel Embiid
Reserves
G: Fred VanVleet
G: DeMar DeRozan
F: Jarrett Allen
F: Jimmy Butler
F: Jayson Tatum
WC: Zach LaVine
WC: Domantas Sabonis pic.twitter.com/JdhZVvQmeo10:29 AM

More on this storyline

The Kings were not willing to entertain the thought of trading De’Aaron Fox last summer when they started surveying the market for a transformational move to alter the course of the franchise, but the situation in Sacramento has changed. A league source told The Sacramento Bee the Kings have stepped up their pursuit of Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis and they are including Fox in those discussions. Fox was so far off the table he wasn’t discussed when the Kings approached the Philadelphia 76ers about Ben Simmons last summer, sources with knowledge of the talks told The Bee, but now Fox is reportedly part of those conversations as well. -via Sacramento Bee / January 19, 2022

Sam Amick says the Sacramento Kings are looking to make moves for Sabonis or Simmons by the deadline -via YouTube / January 19, 2022

The Athletic reported on Dec. 7 that the Pacers would potentially move toward a rebuild and were receptive to trade conversations around Domantas Sabonis, LeVert and Turner. The Pacers have an extremely high value on Sabonis, rival executives say, which makes a trade unlikelier for the two-time All-Star big man. -via The Athletic / January 11, 2022