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Lakers trying to move Sasha Vujacic, save money

Jul 28, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

vujacic.jpgThe Lakers had the highest payroll in the NBA last season — and you get what you pay for. They won. They got to have a parade and go on late-night talk shows. Ron Artest got validation and Kobe Bryant relaxed for nearly 24 hours.

Next season the Lakers may have an even higher salary price tag, and owner Jerry Buss wouldn’t mind saving a little dough.

The Lakers would love to move Sasha Vujacic and his $5.5 million, if any teams need an overpriced shooter. And after watching the free agent bidding this summer, apparently teams are willing to overpay for shooters. So the Lakers are shopping him around.

The Lakers tried to make a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Delonte West, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That’s a deal that make sense for the Lakers — West can be waived. Saves a lot of money. Problem is, the deal makes no sense for the Cavaliers — they get a worse player for more money. So the deal is dead.

So the Lakers keep on trying.

This may also be part of the holdup in the Lakers signing Shannon Brown. Los Angeles would prefer Brown and his lower salary on the roster, but they may be trying to move Vujacic first.

  1. ninedays - Jul 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    If there’s one team would pay for his overprice salary, Minnesota would be it

  2. Wondahbap - Jul 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    I understand that he hasn’t earned his salary these past two seasons, and that the Lakers would like to trim payroll, but I prefer Sasha to Shannon. Sasha is a far Bette defender, and much better shooter when he’s on. I think his performance in the playoffs was a step in the right direction towards getting his game back. He dies stupid things, but he does thing Shannon can’t or won’t. Namely, pass into the post and fight through screens. He fits better. Only one year left on his deal. Is it That crucial to move him now?

  3. Lakers24 - Jul 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Give him to Toronto They love Europeans

  4. NR - Jul 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    this is purely stupid. did Phil or Jerry try to trade or sit Lamar Odom, fisher, Kobe, Bynum, Luke, etc. for the bone head plays they did or the bad games they had, Hell No!! Why all this fuss for Brown, they should have sent him packing with Farmar, he can’t defemd, shoot, or pass consistently. The only thing he does consistently is turn the ball over. Sasha is a far better player than Brown, if Phil would give him the same opportunity he gives others for their mistakes. What Phil should concentrate on is how to better use the players he has and quit living by the triangle only and learn how to get players into the paint and be more effective mid-range shooters. So quit blaming all your problems on Sasha and give him more confidence by using him more !!!!

  5. Lakerz - Jul 28, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    If those freer throws are missed ( like pau’s , kobe’s and artest’s) who knows who the champions are today

  6. Anonymous - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Brown is the better defender and he speed and leaping ability are unmatched on the Lakers. Sasha isn’t going to get any better, Brown will. But the real bottom line is Buss can have Brown, Ebanks, Stawberry, and Character for the same price as Sasha. A guy who is going to play 8 minutes a game behind Kobe and three promising rooks to develop for the same price as the forth guard is the right decision all the way around.

  7. Abraham - Jul 31, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Sasha is a goo man don’t trade hem he’s is better difender on a beter

  8. barry - Aug 1, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    just let sasha go he have been sucking blood 4 two years now and he cannot guard my grandmother and she is in a wheel chair brown bring d noise when he com,e in.

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