The Sacramento Kings and Domantas Sabonis have reached an agreement for a contract renegotiation and extension. The new deal will keep the 27-year-old forward in Sac-Town for the next five years.
The All-Star center has agreed to a five-year, $217 million contract extension with $195 million in new money, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Prior to the extension, Sabonis was set to become a free agent next offseason. The max deal is coming off a season that went as well as the Kings could have hoped. They acquired Sabonis prior to trade deadline in 2022, with the hope that he’d be able to form an effective duo with De’Aaron Fox.
The trade was a significant risk by sending away Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield in the package required to acquire the seven-footer. The early numbers had looked good already with Sabonis averaging 8.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game to finish the season with Sacramento. He missed the final nine games due to a knee injury.
Last season, Sabonis took it up a notch. He made the All-Star game for the third time in his career, got his first All-NBA nod on the third team (behind only Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic), he led the NBA in rebounding with 12.3 per game. Sabonis also helped the Kings to a 48-34 record. The Kings earned their first playoff berth since 2006.
For the most part, the Kings have been focused on retaining free agents. In addition to the extension of Domantas Sabonis, the Kings have re-signed Harrison Barnes and Trey Lyles. They also brought in the EuroLeague MVP Sash Vezenkov.
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