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Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
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.
Bobby Marks: With the 2019-20 NBA Schedule now announced, Mon. Oct. 21 @ 6PM ET. is the deadline for a player to sign a rookie extension. There are 17 players eligible, headlined by Pascal Siakam, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Caris LeVert, Domantas Sabonis, Dejounte Murray and Buddy Hield.
Donatas Urbonas: Domantas Sabonis told he expects to sign an extension with Indiana Pacers this offseason, but he remains patient: „Like my dad said: “You did your job. You did your best and now you just have to wait”. Now I can’t do anything. I just need to be patient and wait.“
Donatas Urbonas: Sabonis on Pacers roster changes: „Sadly many good friends of mine left Indiana, but this is how NBA works. However, we gonna have very good team this year. We signed good players & it’s in our hands. We need to start the season strongly to be ready when Vic will come back“
Donatas Urbonas: Domantas Sabonis delivered 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in Lithuania NT win vs Finland 80:60. Domas was still lacking of game rhythm, but once again showed great court vision and was leading in his team not only by points but also assists.
The rest of the squad for the first-ever 32 team World Cup includes Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas and Indiana Pacers forward Domas Sabonis. Both players appeared in two of the country’s games in the European Qualifiers.
The Pacers seem committed to starting Sabonis and Turner, sources say, which makes Thaddeus Young a goner. The league at large is skeptical about the staying power of the Sabonis/Turner duo, and that skepticism grew louder when the Pacers drafted another center — Goga Bitadze — last week.
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.
Donatas Urbonas: Arvydas Sabonis on Domantas Sabonis season in Indiana: “He had a nice season. He still lacks confidence from mid range, but I like his effort. As soon as he will fix his mid range shooting, everything will be fine. I hope we will help him with this in National Team this summer.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Victor Oladipo: Man I have a lot to be thankful for so many blessings since I’ve gotten back to Indy I can’t thank my guy Kevin Pritchard (president of the pacers) enough for believing in me and my and my bro domas I can’t wait to get back and be apart of something special. #PacerNation
Scott Agness: Pacers beat the Pistons, 111-102, for their 46th win of the season. Four games left, so it’s still possible to exceed last year’s win total (48). Without Collison and Matthews, Pacers had 7 in double figures. Strong inside play by Turner (17p/6r/5b) and Sabonis (18/12)
Scott Agness: Sabonis (left ankle sprain) remains out. He received treatment while his teammates shot around, then did some live-action work on the floor. pic.twitter.com/CRamJqAHPg
Eddie Sefko: Pacers report that Domantas Sabonis is out Wednesday against Mavericks with sprained ankle. Tyreke Evans iffy with stomach issues.
Scott Agness: Good time for the Pacers to play the Mavericks. They won 111-99 led by 19 points from Tyreke Evans. Sabonis had 16/11. Most starters played ~25m with another game tomorrow night vs Hornets.
Scott Agness: Pacers beat the Hawks for the second time in a week, 116-108, to go 12-3 in December. Oladipo had 22pts. Turner and Sabonis each added 20. 25-12 is their best start since the 2013-14 season.
Scott Agness: Pacers beat the Wizards 105-89 for their ninth win in 11 games. It was a team effort with seven reaching double figures. Turner had 18pts and a career-high 17rebs. Sabonis added 15 & 10. Next up, in Atlanta on Dec. 26.
Jim Ayello: Sabonis said he weighed himself this morning and is still 7-8 pounds below his normal playing weight. Food poisoning sucks.
Mark Montieth: Nate McMillan says it was the shrimp in Orlando that made him and @Domantas Sabonis ill. McMillan nearly didn’t make the game last night. Sabonis is a game-time decision. No truth to the rumor that @Kyle O’Quinn ws the one who recommended the shrimp to Sabonis.
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis will NOT play tonight in Orlando due to food poisoning. You know it must be bad if it’s keeping him out. That will open up minutes for Kyle O’Quinn, who spent his first three years with the Magic.
Donatas Urbonas: Domantas Sabonis was named the best Lithuanian basketball player of the year. Arvydas Sabonis, father of Domas & also the president of Lithuania basketball federation, took the prize for his son.
Donatas Urbonas: Arvydas Sabonis on Domantas Sabonis Lithuanian player of the year award: “Once I told: if one of my sons will play basketball, I will be extremely happy. And now I need to take the award for my kid. What a time to be alive. I wish him health. Everything else will come with time.”
The FIBA World Cup is upon us, Lithuania has secured its place in the tournament and Domantas Sabonis who is having an amazing NBA season is expected to be one of the stars of his country’s national team. And while he doesn’t want to talk directly about a medal, he is “excited” for his team and the potential they have.
Mark Montieth: McMillan says @Victor Oladipo further from return than @Domantas Sabonis and @Myles Turner. Oladipo did conditioning things today, but hasn’t practice “live” in a week. Sabonis sat out Saturday, likely to practice tomorrow in Utah. Turner practiced today.
J. Michael Falgoust: Turner (ankle) is OUT and Sabonis (ankle) is IN for tonight’s game and the likely starter. That pushes O’Quinn into the 1st center off the bench role #PacersSpurs
22 Nov 18
Scott Agness: 3 for 3 – Pacers sweep their three-game homestand, disposing of the Jazz by 27. Sabonis nearly posted his first triple-double (19-9-9) and Holiday finished with 19pts (7 of 10) and 6rebs. Kemba and the Hornets up next on Wednesday.
“Russell has always been like that,” Donovan said. “I remember a couple years ago when Domas Sabonis was a rookie and they were struggling in pick-and-rolls on offense, and Russell brought him in here at 8 o’clock in the morning and went through stuff with him and took him through stuff.”
15 Oct 18
That eagerly awaited (by fans) and much publicized (by media) experiment of playing Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis together lasted all of 73 seconds in the Pacers’ four preseason games. Coach Nate McMillan isn’t planning a serious trial run in the regular season, either. And, frankly, he’s a little tired of talking about it.
“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.”
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.”
The roster for Lithuania’s two upcoming games for the World Cup qualifiers has been announced. The team will compete against Croatia and Netherlands in the upcoming September games. Jonas Valanciunas, Domantas Sabonis are the biggest names missing from Lithuania’s roster for the WC qualifiers.
06 Jul 18
Orazio Cauchi: Pacers Domantas Sabonis finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist in Lithuania road win over Poland #NBA
Lithuanian national team head coach Dainius Adomaitis has chosen 15 players that will be included in the preliminary squad ahead of the June-July Window of the World Cup Qualifiers. Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas headlines the list along with Olimpia Milano forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Indiana Pacers forward/center Domantas Sabonis who returns to the national team after the 2016 Olympic Games.
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?'”
Jason Lloyd: Final: Cavs 98, Pacers 95. (Cavs lead series 3-2.) LeBron James 44p,10r,8a; Kyle Korver 19p,6r; Kevin Love 11p,10r,2/11fgs; JR Smith 0p,0/8fg. IND Domantas Sabonis 22p; Victor Oladipo 12p,12r,4a; Thaddeus Young 16p.
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis twisted his left ankle pretty good during pre-game shooting. McMillan hopeful that he’ll be able to play on four-game road trip.
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.
Domantas Sabonis suffered a left ankle sprain Tuesday night in Philadelphia and X-rays were negative, according to Pacers head coach Nate McMillan. Sabonis went back to the locker room and did not return to the floor.
Jim Ayello: Pritchard on OKC trade: “We know we got the right players. Quite frankly, they love being here. How important is that to us? That’s paramount. We didn’t know that off the bat, but as soon as they got here, we knew this was their home. Pacerville was their home.”
Jared Weiss: Al Horford, Goran Dragic, Domantas Sabonis, Timofey Mozgov and Sam Dekker will serve as coaches with Dikembe Mutombo at the Basketball Without Borders camp in LA during All-Star Weekend.
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:
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.
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.”
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.”
23 Sep 17
Domantas Sabonis: Had a good time at Rookie Transition Program with my bro @Zach Collins!!! #ZagNation #Gonzaga pic.twitter.com/FTSe5T7GSu
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.