Report: Knicks to sign Sasha Vujacic
Here's a name I bet you forgot: Sasha Vujacic. Well, you better start to remember it because he's coming to a Knicks team near you.
From Shams Charania of RealGM:
Vujacic has basically been out of the NBA since 2011. He's only played two games (for the Clippers in 2013-14) over the past four years. But he's somehow only 31 years old still, so maybe the Knicks have something here. Or maybe Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher are thinking a little too favorably of a guy who was once their player/teammate. Either one. You pick.
Here's a chronology of Vujacic's basketball life since leaving the NBA from Dan Feldman at NBC Sports:
The last line of the New York Posts' newser on the signing probably describes his current basketball skills best: "Vujacic is perhaps best known for being engaged to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova."
Vujacic signed for the full season in Turkey during the 2011 lockout. He wanted to return to the NBA the following season, but he apparently couldn’t find any takers. He tried again the following season, but he could muster only a 10-day contract with the Clippers. He spent last season overseas. Now, he’s only older and further from his prime.
On the other hand, Vujacic played well for Phil Jackson’s Lakers six years ago.
It’s possible the Knicks didn’t give Vujacic a guaranteed contract, but merely a chance to prove himself in training camp. If so, there’s little downside to this move, and maybe Vujacic helps better players learn the triangle offense. If not, they’re wasting a roster spot on a player who seems unlikely to help them on the court now or in the future.