Free agency looms over Lakers’ season

L.A. Times: If five Lakers are seeking extra motivation this season, all they have to do is riffle through the pages of their contracts.

Almost one-third of the roster could be in its final season with the team: Kwame Brown ($9.1 million this season), Chris Mihm ($2.5 million), Sasha Vujacic ($1.8 million), Maurice Evans ($1.7 million) and Ronny Turiaf ($770,610).

They each have unique circumstances written into the fine print of their careers, let alone their contracts.

* Brown has been largely a bust since his 2005 arrival in the trade that sent Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins to Washington. Only 25, Brown will have to play much better this season to warrant a deal similar to the three-year, $25-million contract he signed before being traded to the Lakers. He will be an unrestricted free agent next July.

* Mihm, after sitting out last season because of ankle surgery, took a steep pay cut and accepted a two-year, $5-million contract. He can opt out of it after this season and become an unrestricted free agent again.

* Vujacic, 23, is one of four players fighting for time at point guard. The Lakers have until Oct. 31 to sign him to an extension, or, more likely, he becomes a restricted free agent July 1.

* Evans, 28, averaged career-bests of 8.4 points and 22.8 minutes a game last season, although his 43.2% shooting was a career low. He will be an unrestricted free agent.

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  • TheLAunit

    Please do not sign Kwame back if he doesn’t have a ok year let him move on. Sasha is solid at the 2, maybe sign him back for two year depending on Farmar and Critt.

  • fred0s

    Turiaf and Evans (and maybe Mihn, if he isn’t stupid enought to ask for a big contract) would be my only priorities. Vujacic is totally worthless, and Kwame would only be useful at minimum salary.

  • Tim-4-Show

    I agree full heartedly. Kwame is looking at a HUGE pay cut. If he gets signed for anywhere near what he’s paid now, then it won’t be with L.A. Also, Vujacic is a nice guy to have around if you can pay him 800k a year. I’m not sure that would even be legal according to CBA, so he’s probably gone too.