The Los Angeles Lakers have contacted the Minnesota Timberwolves about the possible salary dump of reserve shooter Sasha Vujacic. The Slovenian guard averaged 3.1 points in 7.6 minutes a game in the 2010 NBA playoffs.
In exchange for Vujacic, the Lakers would receive former Cavaliers guard Delonte West, who flourished during the 2009 playoffs for the Cavaliers, averaging 13.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14 games.
The Lakers would immediately waive West, whose contract is only partially guaranteed at $500,000.
However, another option for the Lakers is sending Vujacic without receiving any players in return. Minnesota possesses approximately $8 million in cap space which can be used to take on any additional salaries.
The Los Angeles Lakers have offered a future first-round pick to Minnesota for completing the transaction. Nevertheless, the Minnesota Timberwolves would like an additional first round pick plus second round draft considerations. The Lakers are hesitant to give up extra draft selections without receiving monetary compensation in return.
Should Vujacic be traded, the Lakers, having less of a luxury tax burden, would offer more money to free agent guard Shannon Brown. Moreover, the elimination of Vujacic would incline the Lakers to sign another free agent guard in addition to Brown.