UPDATE: Sasha agrees to sign with Lakers!!!! THE MACHINE!
Press Enterprise: After some tense negotiations, the Lakers and restricted free agent guard Sasha Vujacic agreed to a deal Friday afternoon.
Vujacic agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal, according to sources close to the player.
The 6-foot-7 guard is scheduled to earn $5 million per season.
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OCRegister: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said he expects a “resolution” to the Sasha Vujacic contract situation later this afternoon.
“I hope it’s pro-Lakers,” he said.
Vujacic, a restricted free agent, drew little interest from other NBA teams after the Lakers issued a qualifying offer of 1 year, $2.6 million. Recently though, several European clubs contacted the Slovenian, which might have prompted the Lakers to bump up their numbers.
PE.com: Negotiations between the Lakers and restricted free-agent guard Sasha Vujacic have reached an impasse.
Because Vujacic rejected the Lakers’ offer, the team is “aware” the 6-foot-7 guard has an offer from a European team he hopes to use as leverage.
The Lakers offered Vujacic a three-year deal worth about $12 million, a salary that would pay him $4 million per season.
Vujacic, 24, is seeking a deal that will pay him between $5 million and $6 million per season, similar to what Jason Kapono (four years, $24 million from Toronto), James Posey (four years, $25 million from New Orleans) and Mickael Pietrus (four years, $25.1 million from Orlando) got.
“If there is a deal to be made, the deal will be made,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a phone interview. “If there is no deal to be made, there won’t be a deal.”
L.A. Times: Lakers reserve guard Sasha Vujacic, a restricted free agent, is prepared to leave the team and accept an offer from a European team in the next few days if the Lakers don’t make him an offer he deems fair, according to a source in the Vujacic camp who spoke only on the condition of anonymity.
The source said Vujacic is seeking a multiyear deal from the Lakers averaging about $5 million a year. Vujacic was hoping for a six-year deal, but anticipated it could be shorter contract.
He has not received an offer sheet from another NBA team. Teams were hesitant to make Vujacic an offer because they anticipate the Lakers would match it, the source said.