Tim Bontemps: The incentives in Domantas Sabonis’ extension with the Pacers are $2.6 million each year — which are split evenly for him being named an All-Star or to an All-NBA team in each year of the four-year deal, league sources told ESPN.
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“I’m very excited to remain with the Pacers, this is where I wanted to be,” said Sabonis. “I appreciate the organization showing their confidence in me; and I’m ready to be part of what’s going to be a great year for our team.”
Scott Agness: Pacers pres. Kevin Pritchard: “We love the toughness that Domantas brings to our team, and we can’t wait to see him play in his expanded role this year. He’s had so much growth in his career; and we’re excited for what that means for his future, as well as the future of our team”
Shams Charania: Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis has agreed to a four-year, $79.4M contract extension, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: Clarification: Domantas Sabonis-Pacers deal is $74.9M. Pacers made it a priority to keep Sabonis — and got it done.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Domantas Sabonis has a chance to make as much as $85M with bonuses in deal, agent Greg Lawrence tells ESPN.
Nathan Brown: McMillan when asked about yesterday’s reports about Sabonis possibly being on the trade block and where the team may be on an extension: “I don’t talk about contracts.” Is that something you have to talk about with Domas? “I don’t talk about contracts.”
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.“
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September 27, 2021 | 8:29 am EDT Update
After weeks of conversation with James, Davis and then-Lakers forward Jared Dudley, who emerged as a sort of consigliere to the Lakers’ superstars in these meetings, Westbrook believed he was on his way to L.A. For years he had angled to get home, and now everything was lining up for it to finally happen. There was only one problem: The Lakers’ efforts to complete the fairytale had been repeatedly stymied by the Wizards’ refusal to make Westbrook available because, sources said, they still planned on moving forward with the Westbrook-Beal backcourt. Westbrook, for his part, would have played out the remaining two seasons on his deal if a trade hadn’t materialized. “No one thought that Russ would get out,” said one source close to the discussions.
That day, a telltale moment occurred: Westbrook received a tip. Not only could the Lakers not break through with the Wizards, but also they were on the cusp of trading Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell — players whose salaries would be required to execute a Westbrook trade — to the Kings for Hield. “That set Russ off,” one source said. “All he wanted, by any means, was to be a Laker.”
On Sunday, the Lakers reached agreement on a two-year deal with guard Austin Reaves, converting his two-way contract to a standard NBA deal ahead of training camp. The Lakers will have a team option on the second year of Reaves‘ contract, sources said. Reaves, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, has impressed the Lakers throughout the offseason and had a strong showing at James’ minicamp. James and Westbrook even had the rookie conduct some fun-loving errands throughout the weekend in Vegas.
Sources said Pelinka and his front-office group strongly considered executing a sign-and-trade for the 32-year-old DeRozan, giving up Kuzma and Caldwell-Pope in the process, but couldn’t come to consensus terms with the Spurs in free agency or a suitable contract number for DeRozan. What’s more, sources say the DeRozan option never advanced to the point that it was presented to Buss.
Elsewhere on the roster, former All-Star center Andre Drummond’s midseason arrival not only failed to pay off on the court, but also, according to sources, poisoned the well with Gasol, who had joined the Lakers after being promised the starting job, sources said, only to be replaced by Drummond, who was given the same pledge.