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Domantas Sabonis expects to sign an extension this summer

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Though a deal between the two parties hasn’t come to fruition yet, Domantas Sabonis is expecting to sign an extension with the Indiana Pacers this summer, according to a report from Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonis.

Sabonis was traded, along with Victor Oladipo, to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Paul George in the summer of 2017. By most accounts, the 6-11 big man has been a solid addition to Indiana’s roster, and the team is excited about his development as an NBA player.

“The one thing I know with Domas is he’s going to make himself better this summer,” Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard told indystar.com at the end of season news conference. “He’s a big-time worker. He will get better and his role will be bigger.”

“With Domas, in the exit meeting, he’s just a nice guy. He’s a real good human being,” Pritchard added. “All indications that he loves it here. He loves what we’re building, he loves that he’s a part of it. I think he wants a bigger role and I think we’ve got to figure out how to get him a bigger role.”

Sabonis, the son of the Basketball Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis, made 74 appearances with the Pacers last regular season, racking up averages of 14.1 points on 59.0 percent shooting from the field (52.9 percent from beyond the arc), 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 24.8 minutes per outing.

The Pacers finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 48-34 overall record, which earned the team a No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. However, Indiana was swept by the Boston Celtics in the opening round.