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The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the two teams featured here that violates the "contenders only" rule. But given the personal ties and history, they have to appear.
According to NBC Sports' Kurt Helin, the Lakers and Vujacic have already flirted with one another during the summer. Right after the Purple and Gold signed Jordan Farmar, there was brief interest in completing the reunion tour by signing the Slovenian shooting guard as well, but the move never came to fruition.
Well, it's not too late.
The Lakers still need useful bodies, and they may as well appease fans by letting "The Machine" return to the bench so that he can play sparing minutes throughout the ill-fated playoff push.
At the moment, L.A. boasts an injured Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks (who is also recovering from an injury of his own) at shooting guard, while Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Shawne Williams make up the small forward rotation.
Hardly a promising bunch, and there's room for one more in the lineup given the lack of appealing options. At least Vujacic would provide a nice contrast for Johnson and Williams, neither of whom are particularly good shooters.
Additionally, Vujacic always enjoyed playing for the Lake Show. Just read how he felt about the organization in 2011, taken from an interview with HoopsHype's Jorge Sierra:
Yes. When I was younger, when I decided to go to the NBA, I always wished to play with the Lakers. That was the team that I was aiming, the team that was the best fit for me. I was fortunate that I had the best players and the best coaches, learning from them. They taught me a lot. Also winning a couple of championships... As fortunate as I was, it didn't come for free—it took a lot of hard work. I love the organization, they're my family and they treated like family when I went to New Jersey, so L.A. is home for me.
Who would say no to a family reunion in Los Angeles?