Dio's tour of the league pulls off in the Central Division, where some young players could be looking at additional opportunities for teams that are looking to take a step forward.
October 18, 2019, 6:39 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
According to a report from The Athletic's Sam Amick, the Pacers are engaged in 'active trade talks' revolving around Domantas Sabonis.
The Pacers are facing a Monday night deadline to come to terms on an extension with Sabonis, and as they have had no luck agreeing on an extension it sounds like they are exploring the trade market. They have reached out to several teams so it is not easy to predict how a trade would impact his fantasy value. It would seem unlikely a team would want to acquire Sabonis unless they planned to make him an offensive hub on the block though. He remains a reliable target towards the mid to late-rounds of your draft.
Source: The Athletic
October 15, 2019, 11:19 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis double-doubled on Tuesday in a 119-111 loss to the Wolves, putting up 11 points (3-for-7 FGs, 4-for-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes.
Sabonis is in line for a slightly bigger role this season, but he's still likely to be a very Enes Kanter-like big man. That is, he'll do everything a traditional center does without the blocks but with good free throw shooting.
October 11, 2019, 9:38 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
T.J. Warren scored 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting with one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block and one three in Wednesday's win over the Bulls.
It was a more balanced effort than you can normally expect from the score-first forward, whose fantasy value tends to come and go with his latest hot streak. Domantas Sabonis grabbed an impressive 14 rebounds but struggled from the field (3-for-12) for only eight points.
October 4, 2019, 1:20 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis dropped 21 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block on 9-of-16 shooting in 31 minutes on Friday.
Sabonis was the second on the Pacers in both points and shot attempts which can only mean good things for his fantasy outlook. With Victor Oladipo still a long way from returning, there will be plenty of shot attempts to go around and Sabonis has got a stable role in the offense. He should be able to put up top-85 value this season.
September 27, 2019, 2:57 pmMalcolm BrogdonPG, Indiana Pacers
Coach Nate McMillan announced that the starting lineup would be Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, TJ Warren, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner.
This was the assumed starting lineup for the Pacers so no surprises here. With Victor Oladipo still without a timetable for return, Brogdon and Lamb should be considered the starting backcourt for the foreseeable future. Brogdon should be a very productive mid-round pick with what should be an increased role on this Pacers team compared to the Milwaukee team he was previously on.
Source: Tony East on Twitter
September 3, 2019, 10:22 amDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis scored 10 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists, as Lithuania destroyed Canada 92-69 on Tuesday.
Sabonis fouled out after playing just 22 minutes but that didn’t affect Lithuania in an easy afternoon win. Sabonis is expected to be the starter in Indiana this year and hopefully this will help him take the next step in his game.
August 9, 2019, 4:55 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis and the Pacers expect to sign an agreement that keeps the big man in Indiana.
Sabonis stated, "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." It sounds like the sides are just waiting for the right moment to come to terms. While the Sabonis and Myles Turner frontcourt pairing has never been perfect for the Pacers, it is still a winning formula, and the plan remains in place to start both of them next season.
Source: Donatas Urbonas on Twitter
July 10, 2019, 2:12 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers plan on using a starting frontcourt of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis next season.
That's the plan for now at least, and Sabonis' need for increased minutes was one of the reasons that the Pacers were so willing to let Thad Young walk in free agency. It might damage Indiana's mobility on defense and their spacing on offense, but Sabonis has too much room left to grow to box him into a sixth man role. This is a definite boost for his fantasy stock but things can certainly change depending on the early returns, as Sabonis and Turner were rarely played together last season and the Pacers added a capable small-ball four in T.J. Warren. Sabonis is coming off a career season where he delivered top-85/110 per-game value (8/9-cat) so hopefully he can take another step forward.
Source: Indiana Pacers
June 28, 2019, 10:08 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
According to Zach Lowe, the Pacers are committed to starting a frontcourt of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner.
The acquisition of center Goga Bitdaze in the NBA Draft lead many around the league to inquire on the availability of Sabonis and Turner but so far the Pacers are not showing any interest in splitting them up, per Lowe. You love to hear that Sabonis has a safe role as a starter which would greatly improve his fantasy outlook.
Source: Zach Lowe on ESPN
June 24, 2019, 9:58 pmLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams collected his third Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on Monday night, winning it over Domantas Sabonis and Montrezl Harrell.
Williams wasn't needed quite as much this season due to the heath of his teammates. That caused his minutes to drop from 32.8 to 26.6 per game, but he still scored 20.0 points per game and even increased his rebounds and assists to career-highs.
Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 8:46 pmLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Domantas Sabonis have been named the finalists for this year’s NBA Sixth Man award.
Harrell and Sabonis really stepped up their impact off the bench this season but considering WIlliams passed Jamal Crawford for most bench points in NBA history this season, he seems to have the narrative on his side. A win would be Williams’ third (and would tie him with Crawford for the most won by one player).
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
May 1, 2019, 2:32 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said, "We've got figure out how to get him a bigger role," when asked about Domantas Sabonis.
Sabonis has been blocked by Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young on the depth chart, though the Pacers could let Young move on in free agency. Even so, the team hasn't spent much time playing Turner and Sabonis together and may not be comfortable unleashing that look despite the obvious talent of both players. Assuming Sabonis stays with Indiana, it'll be worth watching to see what comes out of Pacers camp about how Sabonis will be deployed next season.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
April 21, 2019, 4:10 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis scored 14 points with eight boards in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the C's.
Sabonis ended his third season with a decent stat line and a nice 6-for-9 from the floor in 22 minutes. Ultimately, the Pacers were not able to make shots when they needed to in this series and lasted four games because of it. Sabonis is a popular trade candidate this summer as his fit with Myles Turner long term does not look good. He's got loads of offensive talent for his age and he should be just fine for fantasy wherever he ends up next season.
The Pacers battled a devastating injury and fought til the end