Lakers waiting on decisions from Vujacic, Turiaf
Old 07-07-2008, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Los Angeles Lakers continue to take part in a slow-speed chase, waiting to see whether Sasha Vujacic and Ronny Turiaf receive offers from other teams that would price the restricted free agents out of the Lakers' comfort zone.

Last week, the Lakers made one-year qualifying offers to Vujacic for $2.6 million and Turiaf for $1 million, though both players are seeking longer-term deals worth more money. They are each trying to bring a signed offer sheet from another team to the Lakers, who will then have seven days to match.

The Lakers paid almost $5 million in luxury taxes last season and currently have a payroll of $75.1 million for 10 players with guaranteed contracts next season, already putting them on pace to pay more luxury taxes next season. The exact dollar figure for the luxury-tax threshold for 2008-09 will soon be announced by the league.

The Lakers are interested in retaining Vujacic but have not offered him more than $5 million a season. Free agents such as Vujacic typically hope to receive a team's mid-level exception for about $6 million a season, though the 24-year-old has not signed an offer sheet yet. Turiaf, 25, is expected to receive less money than Vujacic.
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Both will be good bench players for their careers, but paying the MLE for either is ridiculous. Both should get 4 mil a year maximum
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Like I said, I'd love to see Turiaf in a Raptors uniform but I don't think we could afford him. I could see him in Detroit too.
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Both will be good bench players for their careers, but paying the MLE for either is ridiculous. Both should get 4 mil a year maximum
Well if the Lakers want to keep Vujacic, then they are going to have to give him the full MLE. Ronny, meanwhile, isn't expecting MLE, so he'll probably go for $3 million or so.
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Vujacic getting the entire MLE is a joke. Brent Barry is gonna get like 2 million a year and I'd take him for the next 2 years over Sasha easily.
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I wouldn't necessarily call it a joke. Is it wrong? Yeah it's definitely wrong, I think he deseves $3.5 million at most. But he did do his part in contributing the Lakers this year. He increased his ppg from 5.2 to 8.8. His three-point percentage increased from .381 to a very nice .437. Still, I don't think he deserves the MLE. The thing is I think its either "Gimme the MLE or i'm gone" for Sasha.

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