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Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis
Position: F-C
Born: 05/03/96
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $3,529,554
Following their last friendly game in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, Lithuania head coach Dainius Adomaitis has unveiled his final 12-man roster on Tuesday. Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis stand tall in the chosen dozen to vie for Lithuania’s first title at this level even though they find themselves in Group H – the Group of Death.
3 weeks ago via FIBA
Storyline: World Cup
The value of Aaron Holiday continues to thrive as the NBA Draft arrives Thursday and free agency opens at the end of the month. If the Indiana Pacers are going to make any significant move to jump from No. 18 or reshape the roster, it’ll likely come through moving Domantas Sabonis or Holiday. Holiday was informed that he potentially was on the move in February, with his name attached to a deal for Mike Conley with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told IndyStar then.
Lithuania NT head coach Dainius Adomaitis revealed the nation’s preliminary roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China and the list includes NBA stars Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis. Coach Adomaitis also made public that Arturas Gudaitis is getting stronger after his ACL injury and “is ahead of medical staff predictions by 6-7 weeks”, per Donatas Urbonas’ report.
Pacers center Domantas Sabonis is a finalist for the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award, the NBA announced on Friday. Sabonis, a 6-11 center, is one of three finalists for the annual award. The other two finalists are both from the Los Angeles Clipper: Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams. In his third NBA season and his second in Indiana, Sabonis appeared in 74 games in the 2018-19 season, coming off the bench in 69 of those contests. He averaged 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game, all career highs.
But despite each of their intriguing talents, Sabonis and Turner both are almost universally considered centers. The general trends of where the league is headed make it difficult to play them together on a regular basis — though Sabonis thinks, in time, that will change. “It’s been great,” Sabonis said of playing with Turner. “Every game we feel more comfortable together. We both want to win and we just want to get things done. I think me and him greet each other well on the court. I think the more the coaches trust us to play more on the court, that’s the only way you can improve.”
5 months ago via ESPN
This series against the Celtics, though, has highlighted the pairing’s potential downside. The Pacers have been outscored by 17 points (54-37) in the 24 minutes Turner and Sabonis have played together against the Celtics. On a per-possession basis, the numbers look even worse: Indiana is being outscored by 34 points per 100 possessions when they share the court together. “Yeah, I mean, obviously it’s gonna be tough, because of the way most forwards are built,” Young said, when asked how Turner and Sabonis fit together. “But, at the end of the day, I think they’ve done well together in certain instances. I think it’s about personnel and matchups.”
5 months ago via ESPN
Young is right, of course — which is why he is a better fit next to both of them, and is expected to be a priority for the Pacers to retain this summer. But that only underscores the difficult predicament that Indiana now finds itself in when it comes to trying to plot out its future. “The question I have with Sabonis and Turner is can they play together,” one Western Conference executive said. “I don’t think so, [but] that’s me. “I think they’re both centers, and so you’re going to have to be financially committed to one.”
5 months ago via ESPN
“That lineup is not really a strength of ours when teams are playing small basketball,” McMillan said following Saturday’s Pacers’ practice at St. Vincent Center. “There’s been a lot of conversation about Myles and Domas…they play the same position. We can play that lineup some when teams have bigger (lineups) out there and we’re able to match up with those teams. But that hasn’t been a strong combination when those two have been out on the floor. You have two centers and one of them is trying to play the four spot.”
Team officials are alerted to the fact how nine players (Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, Tyreke Evans, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thad Young, Kyle O’Quinn, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and T.J. Leaf) could all be free agents after the season. That means the competition within the team should be even greater, but it could cause issues if a player becomes number (and thus contract) driven. “That can be a blessing or a curse,” McMillan admitted. “The big thing is that chemistry that was so good last year — do our guys all of a sudden come into this season and get to thinking about yourself, as opposed to sacrificing and playing the game the way we play?
MM: With Myles, he’s obviously worked hard this summer in Texas, based on the photographs he’s put up on social media. What have you heard about his summer and what are you expecting from him? Kevin Pritchard: “I think he and Domas both had a great summer in terms of changing their bodies. Domas went down to Dallas. They’ve created a unique bond. I love that. That’s super-important for us. I’ll say this. You look at Victor’s body of work … he changed his body, but the way he changed was he changed his mind. He made a decision mentally that I’m going to be the best worker, I’m going to be the first in the gym, the last in the gym, I’m going to do everything I can obsessively to have a great year.”
Storyline: Pacers Front Office
Kevin Pritchard: “We feel like Tyreke can do a lot of that. He’s a heck of a shooter now. He’s changed his game. You can’t go under the pick and roll with Tyreke now. You have to go over because he’s one of the elite pull-up dribble three shooters off the pick and roll now. That’s a skill that’s really important now. If he goes over the top and it’s Domas (Sabonis) that’s playing with him, that creates a lot of angles and puts the defense in tough positions. It’s always a challenge. You’re always looking to upgrade but you’re looking for continuity. We said all along, we wanted to bring back our top seven. But we didn’t have control over two of them – Thad (Young) and Cory (Joseph). Once we knew they were going to opt-in, we could be sort of calm and we didn’t have to find that starting four or that backup point guard. I like our balance of youth and experience. But you’re always fighting that as well. You look for guys in their prime and still playing well and not on the decline, but you fill them up with guys who are coming. That’s a challenge as well.”
Kevin Pritchard: “I would say Victor and Domantas (Sabonis) had more of an impact on what we do than, maybe even Chris (Paul). … I can’t think of any human being that could change an organization, not only from his playing, but from what he’s about, than Victor. We feel like we hit the jackpot. No offense to Paul George, he’s having success and he’s going to go wherever he wants this offseason … We were in the room and were looking around and Oklahoma City said, ‘OK, we’ll do this. We’ll do Victor and Domantas.’ … I thought, ‘How can we turn this down?'”
Many executives and scouts throughout the NBA think the Magic’s roster has been flawed throughout Vogel’s tenure. In the months leading into Vogel’s first season, the Magic made two major failed moves. First, the team traded Victor Oladipo and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis for Serge Ibaka. Then it signed center Bismack Biyombo to a four-year deal worth $17 million per season.
Alex Kennedy: The NBA announced the Rising Stars Challenge participants. Once again, rather than doing a Rookie vs. Sophomore format, they’ll do a World vs. U.S.A. format. Here are the rosters for both teams:

Storyline: All-Star Contests
Victor Oladipo’s phone buzzed Tuesday. It was Pacers President Kevin Pritchard, the executive who orchestrated the move that brought Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indy last summer. He had the honor of alerting Oladipo that he was voted an All-Star reserve by NBA head coaches. For the first time in his five years as a pro, he would participate in the game showcasing the world’s best basketball players.
Storyline: All-Star Selections
And the reviews are in. Sabonis is living up to his family name — and building a new NBA family of his own. Lance Stephenson says Sabonis makes the game easy. Cory Joseph says he appreciates how Sabonis throws his body around and gets loose balls. Turner, who is a month and a half older than Sabonis, says he is learning from his new teammate. “Man, he’s f—ing terrible,” laughed Victor Oladipo, who came over from the Thunder with Sabonis in the George trade. “I’m just playing. He’s awesome, man. I mean, I’ve been watching Damo since he was at Gonzaga and then he joined OKC last year with me. To see his growth over just a year span is amazing.”
Sabonis didn’t throw up when he joined the Thunder, but the adjustments came hard. While he kept that starting job for 66 games, Sabonis struggled with efficiency in a new league and a totally different style of play. In college he had developed into the fulcrum of Gonzaga’s offense, bullying people in the post and initiating actions from the perimeter. In Oklahoma City, his skills as a facilitator were mostly hidden with the ball in Russell Westbrook’s hands. He turned into a stretch-four with Steven Adams manning the middle, taking 159 3-pointers and making only 32.1 percent of them. He ran back in transition rather than pursuing offensive rebounds. Sabonis did his best to play his role but was not able to show all his skills. When the George trade broke, the Pacers’ front office was largely skewered. That deal looks totally different now — they are sixth in the East, with Oladipo a surefire All-Star and Sabonis emerging as a major part of their core.
The seeds for this were planted shortly after the trade, as Sabonis went straight to Indianapolis rather than playing for the Lithuanian national team. “Getting to play, getting to know each other all summer helped everyone with their chemistry,” Sabonis said, and it also allowed McMillan to see what he could do up close. The Pacers hadn’t employed someone who could get the ball moving, reverse it and initiate dribble-handoffs like Sabonis since David West, and this allowed McMillan to implement the movement-oriented offense that he preferred, one that is more difficult to scout and to defend. Soon after Sabonis arrived, Turner was taken with his basketball IQ. “I was telling everybody since he’s been here, he can play, man — he’s always in the right spots, he just knows how to play,” Turner said.
Back in Indiana, where he played in college, Oladipo has flourished, averaging a career-high 24.5 points per game. He is coming off a career-best 47-point game as the Pacers sit a surprising 16-11 heading into Wednesday’s game against the Thunder, who are 12-14 (7 p.m. ET on ESPN). “It’s more so of Indiana doing well — where they’re at now, that was closure for me,” George said. “At the end of the day, when we reached out to the front office to tell them our plans, our future plans, it was to help them along the way, and it was bad at first, so to speak, that they thought with this trade it wasn’t gonna pan out. But it obviously did. “They got two great young pieces, so that was good for me to see that this franchise changed the locker room and [is] going in the right direction.”
2 years ago via ESPN
When the Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, many suggested they had been swindled. George was a superstar player. Oladipo is a fifth-year veteran on an expensive contract who still was known more for his athleticism than his output. How can he possibly be worth what Indiana gave away? “I think I’ve improved a little bit everywhere,” Oladipo said. “My mindset especially I think has improved a lot. Getting comfortable with my teammates. Getting comfortable with the system we’re running here. Just taking it one day at a time.”
Even though Domantas Sabonis has played well when starting at center, Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan currently has no plans to move Myles Turner or Thaddeus Young to the bench. “We are not at that point where we want to experiment,” McMillan told Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan. “Thaddeus is our starting 4, and Sabonis is coming off the bench for us.”
2 years ago via ESPN
Indiana had Irving on its board as the No. 1 target for George, league sources said. The Pacers had a willingness to do a deal straight-up, but Cleveland declined several times, league sources said. What did nearly come together was a three-way trade that would’ve sent Kevin Love to the Denver Nuggets, Gary Harris to Indiana and George to the Cavaliers. Here’s where the deal fell apart, league sources said: Indiana wanted no protections on a future Cavaliers first-round pick. Cleveland balked, insisting the pick have lottery protection — and Indiana moved onto the Oklahoma City package of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
2 years ago via ESPN