Blazers want no part of Sasha? Well Minnesota looks like it does.

Bleacher Report: If the Los Angeles Lakers are going to make a play for Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, they will have to find another team to facilitate the deal for the versatile defender.

The Portland Trailblazers have decided against taking on the contract of guard Sasha Vujacic and reportedly have dropped negotiations.

Despite strong efforts by the Lakers front office to obtain Kirk Hinrich by sending out players Adam Morrison and Sasha Vujacic, the Lakers could not persuade neither the Bulls nor the Trailblazers to take on additional salary in Vujacic’s contract, who will make $5.5 million throughout 2011.

The Bulls refused to receive any contracts that would jeopardize their summer cap space. Moreover, the general feeling communicated to Lakers management by the Portland Trailblazers was that they do not need the services of the Slovenian guard.

With trade negotiations between the Lakers and Bulls hitting a stalemate, the Lakers front office is likely to stand pat at this year’s Feb. 18 trade deadline if they cannot find a third team to take on an unwanted contract. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is very reluctant to acquire a player that would place additional financial obligations to the luxury taxpaying, defending champion Lakers unless they can remove one of their long-term contracts in Walton or Vujacic.

With that being said, keep an eye out for the Minnesota Timberwolves. As reported by Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in play for Chicago Bulls athletic forward Tyrus Thomas.

However, with Portland out of the picture, one source indicates that the Lakers plan on reaching out to Minnesota to assist in a three-team deal.

Should Minnesota be willing to facilitate a trade, the parameters, as proposed by Lakers management, would be as followed: The Los Angeles Lakers would receive guard Kirk Hinrich, the Minnesota Timberwolves would receive forward Tyrus Thomas and guard Sasha Vujacic, and the Chicago Bulls would receive the expiring contracts of Adam Morrison, Brian Cardinal, and Sasha Pavlovic, as well as draft considerations.

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  • LC09

    yes come on kurt rambis rush for this to happen come on…lol hope it happens

  • lakers0828

    man if this dont work nothing wil

  • Robert

    This may be the only chance. Kurt has worked with Sasha, and so he’s probably the best chance at integrating Sasha into his offense. Sasha knows the Triangle, too (which Kurt is using). Makes sense.
    This is also the last ‘chip’ for Adam Morrison. His contract is expiring, and his game isn’t ‘increasing’.
    BTW, does anyone know what happened w/Raja Bell? He was injured, but might have been a playable piece for his D (for guarding fast PG’s).

  • Muslim mamba

    I don’t care how it happens as ling as we get hinrich…. IMO I hope we get him before we play the celtics so we can see how we match up with them

    • keepon_keepinon18

      Agreed. Its going to take a little time for adjustments though, if the trade is made.

  • Xtro

    Leave it for an ex-laker to help out the lakers. God bless ya, coach Kurt rambis.

    • nope

      Don’t bless him just yet. Nothing is guaranteed. Especially with days before the trade deadline.

  • brilliantn

    dont trust bleacher report.

  • ko8ebryant24

    ummmmm, i don’t it’s going to happen

  • ricky

    damn u clippers for messing up our potential trade

  • Sasha4Lvp

    not gonna happen….nobody is going to take on sasha or luke’s contract. the only way this trade will have a chance at working is trading ammo and fish. thats not gonna happen either. so yea…..were stuck with the pg’s on our current roster.

    • Marwan Marzina

      Thats the spirit! Give up on the hopes of improving our team!
      Dude, look at it this way. Sasha played with the Lakers his entire career meaning he has played in the triangle his entire career. Rambis wants that because his guys can’t learn the triangle so brining in Sasha would help and since they worked together before, they know each other’s standards and expectations. After that, Sasha has an expiring contract and can be used as trade bait.
      As for Ammo, expiring contracts are something many teams look for at this time of the season.

      • Sasha4Lvp

        hey it would be great if the lakers can do something to improve the team…im just being realistic and not hoping for a trade that has a very little chance of happening. yes ammo’s contact is valuable but buss will not make a trade without throwing in a bad contact (luke’s or sasha’s) as well so the lakers don’t go even further over the luxury tax than they already are. and yes sasha might flourish in minnesota but he isnt worth $5 mil a year and other teams know this.

  • Drake Ramoray

    This trade will probably go down by Thursday. I fully expect Hinrich to be a Laker by the trade deadline however the Lakers decide to make it work. Chicago will get desperate at the last minute because no one else wants Hinrich but the Lakers. I really do think that once this trade goes down, something needs to be done about the 3 guard backup rotation of Farmar, Brown, and Hinrich. I like both Jordan and Shannon but I could do without anyone of them and be fine with it. Jordan is playing better but still has something to prove. Shannon on the other hand in my eyes is the one I wouldn’t mind see go. Lots of people like him, but I think he’s just too out of control. He takes lots of bad shots and really is only playing well because he’s playing with great players. Yes he’s very athletic and fast but if you don’t know how to control that, then your just again an out of control player. Many unknown players made a name for themselves with the Lakers and played really well here only to go somewhere else and stink it up. Shannon falls into that category. The follwoing players prove my point: Travis Knight played well with Shaq only to leave for the Knicks and is never to be seen again. Mark Madsen plays well with Lakers and gets a big contract with Timberwolves only to stink it up. Tyronne Lue plays well for Lakers only to leave for big contract as free agent and stinks it up. Ronny Turiaf plays well for the Lakers only to leave for a big contract with the Warriors and now his contract doesn’t justify the numbers he’s putting up. Devean George was a key part of the rotation for the Lakers during his time here only to leave and now is nothing more than a bench warmer. Cedric Ceballos played only two seasons with the Lakers making his only all-star appearance as a Laker and had career high scoring averages in his two years only to leave for Dallas and never be seen from again. Trevor Ariza is yes averaging 15 pts per game in Houston but is taking 20 shots a game to do it. He was averaging 9 pts a game in his only full season with the Lakers taking less than 10 shots a game. You do the math! Why am I saying all this? I’m just not a big Shannon Brown fan and what he did in the slam dunk contest was a joke! He’s in a good system around good players and he feeds off of that. He can be used as a great trade chip if we pick up Hinrich. I guarantee you anywhere else he goes, no one will remember him or know his name. Raja Bell is coming back after the all star break. If Goldenstate buys him out, we should pick him up. If not, we should try to trade for him to bolster our defense and shooting for the bench. Luke needs to retire or be bought out. The latter is probably the best. If not try sending him to the Hornets for Posey. Why would the Hornets take Walton over Posey you say? Posey makes over a million more than Walton per season. Even though Walton has one year more on his contract it actually saves the Hornets money in the long run and also gets them even deeper under the salary cap. If they won’t take it, throw Shannon into the deal to sweetened it or better yet, just make him part of it. A revamped bench of Hinrich, Raja Bell, Posey, Farmer, and Bynum along with our great starting lineup would sure make a Wade and Bosh or Lebron and Amare combo cringe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ricardo

      what about players like Caron Butler who left the lakers to be an all-star at another team? it makes no sense for you to say we should deal Brown, out of the 3 point guards we have, hes by far the most valuable. please dont say dumb things

      • Drake Ramoray

        OK, I’ll just be blunt! We’ll win it all even if Shannon never plays another game with the Lakers! WOW Caron Butler, one guy. Yeah good one!

      • Drake Ramoray

        Your mothers an astronaut! Was that dumb?

        • Drake Ramoray

          Lucy I’m home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Word Up

        Caron was a one time All Star

        Big woop

        • thankgoodness tLNfans are not GM

          2 time allastar woop woop

    • Robert

      Like this trade scenario! I don’t think Lakers will part with Shannon Brown – the Lakers fans like him too much. So, if we at least get Hinrich & Bell, we should be pretty good.

  • Sasha4Lvp

    Put down the crack pipe dude.

    • Drake Ramoray

      Rollin’ down the street smokin indo sippin’ on gin n’ juice laid back wit my mind on my money and my money on my mind!

      • Drake Ramoray

        D.A.R.E = Say no to drugs!!!!!

  • nba10

    wow u didnt need to write an essay buddy.

    If this doesn’t work and the bulls dont get a better offer they have to take sasha because it would still get them the salary space they covet, not as much but hey they should be grateful we EVEN want hinrich, nobody wants his contract, they have to realize we have to meet halfway. Unless they get a better offer and the lakers really want him it could be a last minute deal by the bulls.

    btw the clippers just trade camby for nothing. stupid! they should have demanded rudy at least, you dont just give away big men.

    • Drake Ramoray

      You must not know me very well vato laco! That’s how I roll puto!

      • Drake Ramoray

        You should check out my other blogs! It’ll take you a week to finish reading it!

  • rudy t.

    i have a possibly stupid question.

    can’t we just waive luke and humongous contract? :|

    • Whatsa

      Good question actually, that’s what I was thinking.

      And I think Kurt Rambis is low-key helping out the Lakers in this situation.. he might be sweet talking the GM for this to happen.

    • gus26

      actually we can just waive him, but his contract is gauranteed.. that means he won’t be on the team but we still have to pay him.. a better option would be to buy him out.. i think his career might be over..

  • daboss1849

    morrison, sasha,and bynum for
    hinrich,thomas,and noah

    works for both teams. the bulls get rid of 2 players they dont wont and get a very good post player.

    lakers get a better defender in noah who’s alot cheaper and they already have a great post player in pau.

    • gus26

      i been saying this for about 4 months now.. lol

  • gus26

    i think the hinrich deal is done.. and we’re just helping chicago look to see if any one will take sasha… if they can’t find another team, sasha and morrison will be bulls by thursday morning.. and we’ll see hinrich play tuesday in memphis..

  • Cbreezy

    I’d be very surprised if The Bulls were stupid enough to do that deal. But, what we really should be doing is blocking the Amare trade to Cleveland!

  • Basit Syed

    Drake Ramoray, you’re dumb. If Shannon Brown doesn’t play a game the rest of the year we will win it all.. That’s stupid. During the Denver series last year, who made the series changing dunk over “Birdman.” I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Kirk Hinrich. I would love to have Kirk Hinrich on the team but not for Shannon Brown.

    • Geloman

      I totally agree. Shannon is pure energy off the bench. He’s our spark plug. He’s a game changer. He changes the momentum of the game by the little things he does. I’d rather see Farmar go. To tell you the truth, I think this is Farmar’s last season as a Laker. He wants to play and he he knows he can start for another team. So he’s gonna take his game elsewhere next season.

  • LakeShowAllDay

    no1 wants sasha’s lame ass