Today is deadline day for a Domantas Sabonis extension, and barring something unforeseen, it certainly doesn't appear that a deal is going to get done before 6 PM.
Over the last few days, reports have indicated that the Pacers and Sabonis are "far apart" in contract negotiations, with one going as far to say that a Myles Turner-type extension (four years, $72 million) is a "non-starter":
There has also been talk of a potential trade, with the Pacers fielding offers from teams, but you wonder how serious Kevin Pritchard is about moving him when it appears Indiana's asking price is ridiculously high.
While there have been questions about Sabonis's fit alongside Turner and how high his ceiling truly is, there's no doubt he's been an important piece for the Pacers. At the very least, you'd have to think he'll be a productive, starter-level player in the league for years to come. That said, it's important the Pacers make the right move here. Letting Sabonis walk into free agency, even restricted, is dangerous because they'll have to match other offers - with big ticket items like Oladipo ($21 million), Brogdon ($20 million), and Turner ($18 million) already on the books, can they tie up a huge chunk of their cap with four guys? That remains to be seen.
Regardless, don't expect a resolution on this situation today.