Sabonis has been involved in trade rumors since December. When the rumors first came out, it was reported that Pacers not only wanted to trade Sabonis, but Caris LeVert and Myles Turner to jumpstart their rebuilding process. So far, only LeVert has been moved after the Michigan product was traded to the Cavaliers over the weekend.
Meanwhile, a deal for Turner has been slower to materialize due to a recently suffered injury to his left foot. A month earlier, Turner let it be known that he wanted to be more than a “glorified role player” on the Pacers.
“I want something more, more opportunity,” Turner told The Athletic in December. “I’m trying really hard to make the role that I’m given here work and find a way to maximize it. I’ve been trying to the past two, three seasons. But it’s clear to me that, just numbers-wise, I’m not valued as more than a rotational role player, and I hold myself in a higher regard than that.”
Sabonis averages 18.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, one of seven players in the League to put up similar numbers. Turner averages 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game.
The Pacers (19-36) face the Hawks (25-28) on the road on Tuesday.