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Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 10:16 am  |  68 responses

Sasha Vujacic Reportedly Eyeing Return To NBA


by Leo Sepkowitz | @LeoSepkowitz

We last saw sharp-shooter Sasha Vujacic in 2010 as a member of the Nets. He’s been playing in Turkey for the past few seasons, but is apparently ready to return to the L. Maybe there will be a spot for him on the Lakers, where the healthy guards on the roster are Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry, Wes Johnson, Jodie Meeks and the great Nick Young.

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  • Björn Atli

    I can’t get the image out of my head of this dude licking his fingers, grooming his eyebrows and putting the 2010 finals on ice.

  • afra33

    What for? To sit on the bench? Is he crazy.. I wouldn’t do it, stay in Turkey or go play in Spain make more money and play and have fun bro! America is going down bro! Civil war is around the corner!

  • Jake

    These guys have pride, they would rather sit on the bench in the NBA than start in Italy. There’s a prestige factor involved. It’s the same as if Tim Tebow goes to start in the CFL. People would think more highly of him being a second string NFL quarterback, for whatever reason.

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    I don’t get that…isn’t more fun/exciting to play actual minutes?

  • Max

    And so the machine returns.

  • Jake

    I guess to some people, but then you have to ask yourself…Would I rather sit on the bench of a Championship team, or play 40 minutes a night for the Bobcats?

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    I see what you mean. But I’m talking overseas. If you’re on an awesome European team and getting minutes, seems like it would be a good time.

  • Jake

    Oh okay, I get what you’re saying now. Yeah, I’m not sure I guess.

  • spit hot fiyah

    lmao, the machine! i forgot about that one

  • curty wersky

    i would love for sasha to come back to the lakers. both he and jordan farmar realize that they made a mistake by leaving. as a matter of fact with the exception of shaq i can’t remember one laker that has been successful after leaving.

  • Cortez Mack

    The reason he wants back in the league is simple and it has nothing to do with the “prestige”

    1. He can get more money.
    2. He will get his money with no issues.

    Teams overseas are NOTORIOUS for not playing players the monies they are due, in full or at all. This happens for two reasons, performance laden deals (where your playing time is dictated by the coach) and a never ending line of people willing and able fill in for you if you get too cute at the mouth about how you are being deployed.

    Unless you can get a significant chunk upfront you are better off doing anything you can to get in the NBA.

  • Musikal

    “The Machine” was a self given nickname, Nicknames should be given to you by others based on something you did. Giving yourself a nickname is egotistical at best. that said, I would love to see him back. Of course he would be making veteran league minimum.

  • LakeShow

    Helps playing with Kobe. He drags all of the defense away from you.

    Although Farmar did well in Jersey!

  • pposse

    uh oh watch out basketball world..sasha is coming back

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Robert Horry and Gary Payton too.

  • Mark Edward Pyle

    Most high level athletes would rather play on the ultimate stage than anywhere else…It drives them to match their skills with the very best and once you have tasted that success, anything less is so unfulfilling!

    Sasha should stay in Turkey however there is no place like the Show!

  • Mark Edward Pyle

    What do you mean that they made a mistake by leaving? If memory serves me correctly, Sasha was part of a deal that sent them to New Jersey and Farmar left after the Lakers were not willing to offer him the money New Jersey offered…Both were decent role players in Phil’s system however the fact remains to be seen if an up tempo offense that relies upon sharp shooters is good for Farmar. Sasha could always shoot however you cannot shoot from the bench and if he has not gotten stronger and better defensively, he will remain a “Pine Brother”!

  • Ryan Seavey

    My memory of this dude is him whining like girl & getting put on skates in the 08 finals by a 32 year old (still very, very solid) Ray Allen with 2 bum ankles to seal the largest comeback win in NBA Finals history… Vujacic is such a scrub

  • Joseph Apohen

    Sasha is better thaln Meeks. Why bother with Henry. I am not familiar with him. I would rather Have the machine who is tall and a good defensive player. Also reliable at the stripes. Remember his free throw against Boston? For that alone the Lakers should pick him up.

  • LakeShow

    Just because he is really really annoying doesn’t mean he is a good defensive player.

    But I feel you. I too would take Sasha over Henry.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    My memory is when Melo chocked him out lol

  • John Fleischmann

    Not again, PLEASE sash just stay in Euro, it is where you belong!

  • Rosemary Davis

    He will be in the Purple and Gold again

  • Byg E

    He was a true laker when he played, even at best he knew hit role and played it well! I’d welcome him back as we JF

  • price

    But I’m sure you’re okay with “Mamba”

  • JohnBrownWasAterroristAMIRIGHT

    Oh for god sakes Laker management need to pickup LO before they for Sasha freaking vuicrap! Hell, an LO on crack is better than a Sasha in his prime (which, btw ended 5 years ago). Sasha hardly makes sense if you don’t have nick young, Jodie Meeks. Wes Johnson, and even Steve Blake who played some 2 with Nash in the backcourt last year. Wake the hell up jimmy boy!

  • curty wersky

    Sasha and Jordan are in the prime of their careers. there is a reason that they want to come back to the purple and gold. the lakers are gonna surprise a lot of people. I like this team much better than last years team. they have gotten a lot younger and much more athletic. I don’t care if we win a championship or not even though I would like us to. just as long as they play hard and leave everything on the floor. this is gonna be a fun team to watch.

  • price

    True dat. I remember they were trying to become a more defensive team after the repeat, and picked up Barnes and Steve Blake. Then got swept.

  • Connector

    Jake: “…………..sit on the bench of a Championship team……….”

    So, why would he come to the Fakers???

  • aprince66

    Would love to see Sash return to the lakers. An underrated defender that was a master at getting under the skin and riling up opponents.

  • Connector

    Yea…..they get that realization when they have no other options. You think anyone is waiting in line to talk to Sasha and Jordan?

  • Connector

    He also drags all the offense away from you. Good luck with that!

  • Connector

    Is it still going to be “fun’ when they finish under .500 and deep in the second division? Because that’s where they’re headed. You’re dreaming if you think it is going to be better than that.

  • Connector

    JohnBrown, for that comment (about LO) you must be on crack! The rest of what you said actually makes sense. Which probably means they’ll do exactly the opposite. This is the Fakers, afterall, not some smartly run organization.

  • bodiroga

    Sasha came off the bench in most of his last season in Turkey. He wasn’t dominating anything with his weak defence and overrated shooting. So, nothing would change if he makes it in the NBA or not (for his playing time of course). Also, he can earn a lot more in Europe, because teams deal with players’ tax issues here (in Turkey at least). I believe it’s all about the prestige and ego. Anyway, i would love to see him playing in Turkey again but i know it’s impossible since he had problems with his coach. Every team needs a shooter coming off the bench.

  • Frank Padilla

    Sasha, you are always a Lakers. LA is waiting….!

  • Frank Padilla

    this sooo funny!

  • danpowers

    definitely. if youre a star for a team like barcelona then life is good. there is more hype and endorsement deals around you than if you were a bench player on the lakers. and its not like it is still 1990. i doubt that a team like the bobcats of the last couple of seasons would have won the euroleague (maybe if playing in a country like spain not even qualified for the tournament lol).

    plus, in some european countries the living standard is even higher than in most parts of the usa. guess its really about his wish to compete on the highest level in the nba. i just dont get some guys in here who make it sound as if he would seek a “better life” in the us. his wish to return must be all about his competitiveness.

  • Joseph Apohen

    I’m with you. I think we will surprise a few people. This team is younger, athletic, good ballhandlers, rebounders, and can make shots. We may not make the final, but I think it’ll be a fun team. My only regret is we lost Clark. When Kobe gets back, I think this will be a better team than last year’s, and D”Antoni will have time from the start to mold this team to his style.

  • Joseph Apohen

    Isn’t our living standard better than Turkey or most European countries?

  • Joseph Apohen

    I don’t think it was a mistake to leave the Lakers. They wanted to improve their skills and the experience to play more minutes. Hopefully they accomplished that.

  • Mark Edward Pyle

    Yes however if he wants to truly play the game he loves, his opportunity to play is overseas! If he just wants to be part of a team and make crazy $$$, then the NBA may be his ticket!

    With the new CBA though, he may be just the type of contract, I mean player, a lot of teams can cheaply afford!

  • Joseph Apohen

    Don’t be such a pessimist.

  • Joseph Apohen

    LO is not going to play for the minimum. I think his good playing days are over. He did not do well with the Clips. We should have gotten Matt Barnes before we got someone like Henry, Shawne, and Johnson.

  • The Philosopher

    Your optimism is refreshing.

  • The Philosopher

    One of the better nicknames in the NBA.

  • 2845616ffgfjgftgfj

    1 of the most underrated shooters ever

  • The Philosopher

    The USA is the greatest country in the history of modern civilization.
    Arguably, the greatest country of all – times.

  • danpowers

    in turkey he played for a contender. i wouldnt bet on the bobcats in a game against anadolu efes lol

    besides that istanbul is an amazing city. must really be simply about the desire to play in the nba.

  • Neighbor HoodGlickz

    Someone’s always got to dissect everything and take it apart… Musikal probably has his sock colors assorted… Pink and hot pink, gay and extra gay!

  • Yournotboss

    it’s best if he signs with the Heat

    Imagine this Line up

    Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Anderson

    backup

    Cole, Ray Allen, Beasley, Battier, Oden

    third string

    Sasha, Eric Griffin, Rashard Lewis, Haslem, Joel Anthony

  • thereal

    idk I think it’s best if he signs with the heat

    Imagine this Line up 78-4

    Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Anderson

    backup

    Cole, Ray Allen, Beasley, Battier, Oden

    third string

    Sasha, Eric Griffin, Rashard Lewis, Haslem, Joel Anthony

  • grgeblck

    “I shoot like a machine.”

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    No no no….
    Please stay away from LAL and PHX. For the love of a steve nash fan.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I wish Earl Clark was still in lal also.

  • jjj

    it’s best if he signs with the Heat

    Imagine this Line up

    Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Anderson

    backup

    Cole, Ray Allen, Beasley, Battier, Oden

    third string

    Sasha, Eric Griffin, Rashard Lewis, Haslem, Joel Anthony

  • Connector

    Joseph, I just being real. Look at the team objectively. They’ve picked up a bunch of misfits (i.e. no else wanted them). The Fakers are just interested in getting past this year with minimal damage to the franchise. They are trying to sell us (the public) on the “product” that they are going to put on the court. It’s a joke! They will be be extremely fortunate to win 40 games this coming year.

  • Synn

    Will never forget that “Sasha Let’s Bone” sign during the Lakers Championship parade that one year. That was classic!

  • Hate Me Then

    why all the heat fans gotta jump in? oh he’s so good we need him on our team. Bet if slam advertised tractor type big man heat fans jump on it. We need him to plug the middle for us.

  • ehhe1

    it’s best if he signs with the Heat

    Imagine this Line up

    Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Anderson

    backup

    Cole, Ray Allen, Beasley, Battier, Oden

    third string

    Sasha, Eric Griffin, Rashard Lewis, Haslem, Joel Anthony

  • Joseph Apohen

    They have no other choice as they have no cap space. I do believe they will make the playoff with the team they have if Kobe comes back early and can play to the best he can. I do believe the core players they have, Nash, Gasol, Blake, Hill, Farmar. Kaman, Young, and Meeks and Kobe of course will be respectable and competitive enough to make the 8th spot . As far as the misfits they picked up, Henry, Shawne, etc. they are just auditioning.They are just practice players and will be stationed at the end of the bench. As far as next year goes I don’t think they will be much better as I don’t think they can get more than one elite player due to the money they owe Kobe unless he takes a substantial pay cut. LeBron will stay in Miami, Carmelo will not make the team that much better than OKC, Pacers, or Spurs. I’d like to see the Lakers pick up someone like Faried, Leonard, or George and mold them to a cohesive unit. Getting those three if they are available will be a challenge. If Gasol improves this year that would present another problem, keeping him or let him go.

  • Marc Dasco

    I thought he wanted to comeback and play for the Lakers? Why is it that he’d rather sit on the Miami bench than play 40 mins for the Bobcats?

  • AboveYou

    Go read a history book or 10, preferably not one of the ones publishing lies for U.S school kids.

  • rochelle762

    just as Paula answered I am amazed that any one able to profit $5198 in 1 month on the computer. he said w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

  • LLC#12

    How? I am genuinely curious as to how anyone could truly believe that.

  • tara myricks

    lmao

  • JohnBrownWasAterroristAMIRIGHT

    its you who must be on crack, or perhaps horse tranquilizers to have rotted your brain so badly as to have convinced yourself that a franchise only won 5 rings and made 7 finals appearances in the last decade and change is not a smartly run organization. Sad thing is, Jimmy boy, who isn’t anything close to what his father was has still probably had more success and pulled out some bigger trades and moves than your fav. teams owner and management ever has in its existence..So you know, layoff the crack– or maybe you should just stay on it. seems to help you forget how painful and depressing cheering against the Lakers has been over the years.

  • Connector

    JBWA, I don’t know where you got the idea that I am not a Faker fan, I just believe that LO would be a huge mistake. As to your comment about “Jimmy boy,” what trade/moves are you referring to (“pulled out some bigger trades and moves”)? Everything he has done since his father unfortunately passed away, has been a disaster. And, I include in that the loss of DH. When you’re passionate about a team, you can and should be critical of all their moves. I don’t believe in being a “homer” just because. So, I think, maybe you’re not on crack, but rather just a complete idiot. And, for that reason, we can all excuse your ignorant comments.

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