This Trade Headlined By Domantas Sabonis Makes The Blazers Contenders

NBA Analysis

The Indiana Pacers are an organization that will do whatever it takes to remain competitive. They are not going to undergo a tear down at the NBA trade deadline in order to tank for a top draft pick. However, a move or two in order to better configure the roster could occur.

Outside of Paul George, who was selected No. 10 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Pacers haven’t made a selection inside the top-10 since 1989 when they selected George McCloud out of Florida State No. 7 overall.

Domantas Sabonis has made the All-Star two for two consecutive years as he has made some major strides with his game. He has become even more efficient this season but has seemed to fall out of favor with new head coach, Rick Carlisle.

The ball isn’t being put in Sabonis’s hands nearly as much offensively, as a lot of the team’s offense ran through him at the high post in years past. This season those touches have been lessened and he is standing in the corner for 3-pointers, which isn’t a strength of his game.

The ball isn’t being put in Sabonis’s hands nearly as much offensively, as a lot of the team’s offense ran through him at the high post in years past. This season those touches have been lessened and he is standing in the corner for 3-pointers, which isn’t a strength of his game.

Portland Trail Blazers Receive: C Domantas Sabonis, F Oshae Brissett, F Kelan Martin

Indiana Pacers Receive: G Anfernee Simons, C Jusuf Nurkic, F Nassir Little, G Tony Snell, 2024 First-Round Pick

This trade would signal two things. The Portland Trail Blazers are committed to building around Damian Lillard and the Indiana Pacers are officially in asset collection mode.

This would be a trade that could rejuvenate a Portland fan base that has to be disappointed with how the team has looked thus far this season.

Domantas Sabonis is the son of the great Arvydas Sabonis, who spent the entirety of his NBA playing career with the Trail Blazers.

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