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Pacers Links: Updates on contract status, Media Day and Reggie Miller mural

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The Pacers plan to pick up a couple of team options as training camp work gets under way.

While the Pacers Media Day let the collective peronality of the team shine through, there was some news regarding the contract status for a few players.

The Pacers plan to pick up the fourth-year option for Domantas Sabonis along with T. J. Leaf’s third-year option on their respective rookie deals for next season soon, as reported by J. Michael. For Sabonis, that means he will make a bit more than $3.5 million while Leaf will make around $2.8 million for the 2019-20 season. Having a rotation contributor on a rookie deal like Sabonis is a major bonus. Hopefully, Leaf can turn his salary into a bargain by next season, as well.

As for bigger investment considerations for the Pacers, an extension for Myles Turner or Thad Young is not expected before the season tips, nor any time soon, according to J. Michael’s report. With five other players also looking at free agency at the end of the season, the Pacers have plenty of flexibility and cap space looming, so there is no rush to commit big cash before seeing how these players produce.

Also, the Reggie Miller mural is starting to come into view, although the rain yesterday kept artist Pamela Bliss on the ground. Regardless, I decided to check in on the progress and share a pic. Bliss is in the second week of a project she expected to take four to six weeks, pending the weather.

More links:

Zach Lowe on most intriguing players including the combo of Myles Turner and Domas Sabonis

Oladipo Ready to Make Himself Heard | Indiana Pacers

Doyel: Victor Oladipo seeks another NBA breakout year for him, Indiana Pacers

Pacers’ Ike Anigbogu (knee) feels optimistic about 2nd season

Indiana Pacers like each other because Kevin Pritchard & staff assembled a like-minded roster | KentSterling.com

Indiana Pacers: Victor Oladipo and his bargain contract

30 Teams in 30 Days: Indiana Pacers tune up roster in hopes of taking next step | NBA.com

Observations as the Pacers enter training camp – The Athletic

Re-Watch: 2018 Pacers Media Day Press Conferences and Live Show | Indiana Pacers

NBA Media Day: For Victor Oladipo, last year was last year - Indy Cornrows

‘Don’t eff with the game’: How Nate McMillan’s pet peeve had a noticeable effect on the Pacers’ culture - Indy Cornrows