Revisiting the Tyrese Haliburton–Domantas Sabonis trade

In Indiana, where Tyrese Haliburton is leading the NBA in assists, the team is happy. Ecstatic, really. The Pacers, a preseason candidate to finish at the bottom of the standings, are in the thick of the conference playoff race, with Haliburton the leading reason why. It was Andrew Nembhard’s shot that beat the Lakers on Monday, but it was Haliburton’s offensive rebound, clock awareness and frozen rope of a pass that set him up for it.

In Sacramento, where Domantas Sabonis is one of the NBA’s most reliable interior scorers, there is hope. real hope. It has been 16 years since the Kings made the playoffs, years filled with coaching changes, front office shakeups and one catastrophic draft. While passing on Luka Doncic in 2018 will haunt Sacramento for decades (seriously, Vlade Divac, what were you thinking?), the Sabonis–De’Aaron Fox pairing—along with the collection of shooters the current front office has put around them—has given Kings fans optimism for the future.


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