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REPORT: Pacers gauging trade market for Domantas Sabonis after extension talks fail

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The Indiana Pacers could soon deal young big man Domantas Sabonis.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Sabonis and the Pacers are “far apart in discussions” about his contract extension. Moreover, Indiana is losing hope that a deal could be reached with the deadline looming.

… Sources say the Pacers have engaged in active trade talks with several teams this week about the fourth-year forward. Sabonis … is clearly on the market.

“Now I’m just thinking about the team,” Sabonis, who is the son of the legendary Arvydas Sabonis, told The Athletic’s Scott Agness recently. “Preseason is (finishing up), I still have one more year on my contract so that’s not really on my mind. My mindset is just to help the team. It should be a big year for us, we’re excited, so that’s where my focus has been.

“All players have their different opinions (about how to handle contract situations). I’ve talked to many players who have gone through this same thing. … My focus is on the season and whatever happens, happens. My agents are taking care of that and I’m just focused on getting better and helping the team.”

The 23-year-old Sabonis was originally a first-round selection in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder alongside Victor Oladipo on draft night. After his rookie season in OKC, Sabonis was dealt again in the offseason, heading to the Pacers with Oladipo in the Paul George trade.

Domantas Sabonis averaged 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season, playing predominantly off the bench. The Pacers have had trouble fitting both Sabonis and their 2015 11th overall pick, Myles Turner, together in the frontcourt.

Turner signed an extension with the Central Division franchise in October of last year.