Wonder why Shannon Brown is stuck in contract limbo? Well, wonder no longer my Purple and Gold pals!
According to Janis Carr of the OC Register, Mitch Kupchak is trying to trade Sasha Vujacic in order to re-sign Shannon Brown. Vujacic is due to make $5.4-million in the final year of his hideously overvalued contract. Based on The Machine’s performance last year, that would equate to Sahsa making approximately $9,400 per minute played.
Carr’s report states that Kuchapk is offering both Sasha and a first round pick to any team willing to take on the contract of a reserve guard whose numbers have gone down each year since signing a $15-million deal.
Way to work hard for the bread, Sasha.
Aside from the Slovenian Civil War feud with Goran Dragic that nearly caused an epic meltdown against the Phoenix Suns, Vujacic played well when his number was called in the playoffs. Despite many of the harsh feelings toward Sasha, he will forever be a part of Laker Lore thanks to those two free throws he knocked down in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
If the Lakers can get Vujacic off the books then in all likelihood Shannon Brown would reap the benefits in the form of a nice raise and a new contract. Brown worked his way into Phil Jackson’s rotation during the title run of ’09 and hasn’t looked back since. Brown’s high flying dunks, clutch shooting and fierce on-ball defense have made him a fan favorite and have made both Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic expendable.