Keeping up with the Pacers

Pacers Picking Up A Big Man?

One of the NBA’s up-and-coming big men could be on the move soon.

According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, the Pacers and Domantas Sabonis have been “far apart” in discussions about a possible contract extension, which has led Indiana to engage in “active trade talks” about the 23-year-old and has had an effect on a number of Indiana sportsbook apps.

Amick added that there is “no lack of interest in Sabonis,” but the Pacers’ asking price has been “too high.”

Playing almost exclusively off the bench, Sabonis averaged 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season, and was named a finalist for the league’s Sixth Man Award.

Having already paid Myles Turner last October with a four-year extension, it would seem the Pacers really have no choice but to shop Sabonis, who is a restricted free agent after this season. We’ll see if a deal gets done, but there should be plenty of teams interested in a near seven-footer who can get buckets a variety of ways.

Unmasking the Masked Phenomenon

The digital age is all about transparency, and it allows viewers to put their detective caps on and go to work.

That’s exactly what they did on Thursday night, when the first episode of this season’s “The Masked Singer” aired. One particular character, “Thingamajig,” stole the show when he did “Easy” by The Commodores.

Here’s the thing, though. In listening to the clues, as well as hearing the voice, fans are convinced it’s Victor Oladipo. The clues are as follows:

“…a cupcake with the number four, a briefcase with magic tricks inside, athletic sneakers, a fashion shoot. ‘I’m here because I like to sing, though you may think that’s not my thing.'”

For comparison, here’s Oladipo.

We’ll soon find out if fans are indeed correct.

McMillan says Leg-Shmeg

The Pacers enter their 2019-20 campaign in a tough position, being without star guard Victor Oladipo, who’s recovering from a leg injury.

Oladipo hasn’t played since Jan. 23, and he may not even return until 2020. There hasn’t been much said about exactly how his injury recovery process has been going, but with training camp beginning soon, and media day right around the corner, head coach Nate McMillan looked to get ahead of the story, and gave some updates on Oladipo’s progress.

“He’s not playing live but he’s moving,” McMillan said, via the Indianapolis Star. “He’s in a good position mentally. He feels that everything is going well. I like what I see with him. … He’s doing great. He’s not doing any live contact, still in that rehab stage of working with the trainers.

“I just know (opening night on Oct. 23) he probably won’t be there. The time frame, we have no idea of when he will return.”

It sure doesn’t seem like Oladipo will be returning anytime soon.

About Marcelo Villa

Marcelo is an associate editor at The Sports Daily, and has covered the San Diego Chargers for Bleacher Report. He also writes for Sportsdirect Inc.