Domantas Sabonis will stay in Indiana for a long time. Because, Pacers agreed to offer him a contract extension today, Monday, October 22, 2019 local time.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN , the contract has a duration of four years with a value of US $ 77 million. With the extension of cooperation, Sabonis can even get more than the value of the contract. He had the opportunity to get US $ 85 million through bonuses. Pacers tries to value his players according to his recent contribution and future potential.
During these two seasons, Sabonis has indeed become an important part of the team. He appeared in 148 regular matches with an average of 12.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. The overall percentage of shots (FG%) reaches 55.3 percent. With overall shot effectiveness (eFG%) it touches 56.1 percent. While the true shooting percentage (TS%) is at 60 percent.
Since the arrival of Sabonis, the Pacers also managed to penetrate the playoffs. They even almost toppled the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round in 2018. However, eventually fell also with the position of 3-4.
In 2019-2020, Head Coach Nate McMillan intends to raise Sabonis’ status. He wants his foster children to play as a starter and make a greater contribution than before. The role of contract extension is also crucial. He is there to encourage Sabonis motivation.
With the Lithuanian player, the Pacers can at the same time maintain their core strength. The Indianapolis team would love to play Sabonis alongside Myles Turner, Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo. Especially considering the next target to go further than last seasons. (put)