NBA Rumors: Lakers Seeking To Unload Sasha Vujacic To Timberwolves

John HaverfordContributor IJuly 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Sasha Vujacic #18 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first half while taking on the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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.

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