Lakers to Trade Sasha Vujacic: Kupchak Eyes Shannon Brown, Tracy McGrady

July 30th, 2010 by CyberCosmiX Leave a reply »

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst has quoted sources in reporting that Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is attempting to trade the Lakers' Sasha Vujacic.

Ken Berger of has also reported on his blog that Laker free agent Shannon Brown has been offered a contract by the New York Knicks. Furthermore, he states that "two people with knowledge of the situation" confirm that the Lakers are seeking to trade Vujacic in order to avoid increasing their luxury tax hit in re-signing Brown.

Sasha Vujacic has also been widely rumored to have been offered as trade bait to the Minnesota Timberwolves, reportedly for the rights to newly-acquired Delonte West. It is unclear if this move would be to retain West, or to immediately waive him.

It does seem that if Brown was offered a contract by the Knicks, he could be waiting on Kupchak to move Vujacic's salary so that he can get a more robust offer from LA.

The Lakers own Brown's Early Bird Rights, meaning they can offer him up to the full MLE, or approximately $5.8 million. It is thought, however, that Brown would receive an offer of about half that much annuall ...

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