Sasha looks like he wants to stay but so far, it doesn’t look like it will happen.

O.C. Register: The first practice after the All-Star break had ended Monday afternoon, and Sasha Vujacic started shooting.

And shooting and shooting and shooting.

Ron Artest sat on the basket standard where Vujacic was shooting and waited for Vujacic to finish. Artest wanted to get his extra shooting in – with the rebounding assistance of the Lakers’ locker-room attendant, who was busy rebounding for Vujacic.

So Artest watched Vujacic for awhile. Then Artest sat there and stared into space. Artest began studying the tape on his fingers. Eventually, Artest just muttered to himself, “C’mon, Sasha.”

This is the gym-rattiness that could be anotherNBA team’s by noon Thursday, the trading deadline. Vujacic is the player the Lakers would most like to unload – working under the assumption that trading Luke Walton, his bad back and the remaining $21.5 million remaining on his contract is unimaginable.

The thing about this world of trades is that Vujacic more likely will remain a Laker – and the Lakers might well come back around to needing Vujacic to win another NBA championship.

While Mitch Kupchak works the phones, Vujacic is powerless except to shoot and shoot and shoot … and hope he stays. He’s a guy who wore a purple “U Can’t Beat LA, fool” T-shirt in Portland and said it was given to him by “David” – and I wasn’t sure if he meant Beckham or Arquette, because Vujacic has become friends with both. (It’s Arquette, who has a new clothing line.)

“I’m a Laker and I’m proud of it,” Vujacic said. “There are ups and downs. This year, I didn’t play as much. If opportunity knocks at the door this second part of the season and I play now, I’m ready and I’m excited. But whatever comes within the next couple of days, we can’t control that.”

The Lakers’ interest in Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich is well known. Hinrich possesses a rare blend of headiness and grittiness, and he has defensive gusto to have held up pretty well even against Kobe Bryant. Of Hinrich’s field-goal attempts, an inordinate amount are jumpers – suggesting great success with all the open looks produced by the triangle offense.

He doesn’t create much offense for others but doesn’t make many bad passes, much like Derek Fisher at his best. Hinrich is quicker than you think (and obviously quicker than Fisher). He’s also 29, so he should be in his prime.

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  • muslim mamba

    shoulda done this earlier sasha…sry to say hope u leave

  • slimehead

    sasha thats not the point, whether the machine is back or whatever ur saying man..
    the point is whether ur at ur prime or not.. the real deal is that we need a good defensive PG and can shoot, thats Kirk Hinrich.. and we need to get rid of players in order to get him and sorry your on the list man!! i hope we get captain kirk!!

  • http://youtube.com/mrterrific100 Mr Terrific

    When you’re a ‘shooting specialist’ and you shoot 0% in the NBA Finals,not even Chick Hearn & The Twelve Apostles can save your basketball career.

  • areyouserious

    no love for sasha, horrible fans

    • hey

      Fuck you

    • LAKESHOW420

      sasha sucks so bad noone fucking wants the loser.. we are stuck with that idiot until next year. I HATE YOU SASHA

  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Sasha ,Luke Adam get your bags packed.
    Hope we can trade the three worst Lakers of all time.
    Even Mobenga has more value.
    The contracts that these clowns got is crazy.

    • mamba1108

      worst lakers of all time? are you forgetting Smush and Kwame?

      those three are good players just that they are getting overpaid for what they contribute to the team

  • xtro

    that’s a lot of money on a dead weight. as much as i love the machine, the team needs an upgrade.

  • fluke

    right on cue! damn dude faking another injury to avoid being traded. it must be coincidence, but this dude gets injured around the same time of year, every year. damn! i wish i can find a job where i’m only working 2 months out of the year and get paid 6M/yr.

    plan B is to get someone to plant some guns in these scrubs lockers so we can void their contracts. other teams are too smart to take our trash (fluke, vujabrick, farmer, ammo). i would include powel on the list, but he’s getting paid pocket change compared to the other guys.

    • FootLong

      T-Mac gets paid $24M to sit at home and jerk off. WOW! What a life… it’s better than hitting the lottery. Dude gets paid more than KB.

  • LAKESHOW420

    SASHA NEEDS TO BE TRADED ASAP, HE IS OVERPAID AND PLAYS LIKE 3 MINUTES A GAME. DUMP THIS SCRUB AND GET HEINRICH, CLEVELAND IS ABOUT TO GET AMARE FUCKING STOUDEMIRE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP, HEINRICH PROBABLY WONT BE PLAYING BIG MINUTES JUST AS SASHA HAS WHICH IS FINE WITH ME BECAUSE THE FEW MINUTES SASHA PLAYS A GAME HE HURTS THE TEAM…. HE CAN PRACTICE IS SHOT ALL MONTH WE ALL KNOW HE WONT HIT SHIT DURING THE GAME

  • drive-for-16th

    people stop defending sasha, he sucks, its real and its the truth. Live with it.

  • LAKESHOW420

    direct quote from this article “and the Lakers might well come back around to needing Vujacic to win another NBA championship.” ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS!!! THIS GUY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH US WINNING LAST YEARS CHAMPIONSHIP OR THIS YEARS!!!! Adam Morrison and DJ Mbenga were much more deserving of that ring than sasha.

  • lakers0828

    Sasha Sucks get rid of him please

  • alex

    I would say that just in terms of dollars and playing ability, luke is by far worse than Sasha. Don’t know how many of you actually PLAY basketball or UNDERSTAND it but Sasha’s defense is pretty good, it’s probably the best asset about him. Just watch the last game before the all star break, you’ll see. He’s also shooting 36% 3 Pointers this season so he is not “the sucks” like some of you say. Just saying, it’s not Sasha that needs to be traded ASAP. It’s Luke.

    • LAKESHOW420

      17 minutes and 0 points??? caused stupid and 1 fouls on anthony morrow. he is GARBAGE, Luke at least runs the triangle real well and gives great passes and doesnt take stupid shots like sasha.

      • 09champs!

        it´s not all about points in the NBA, of course you have to know the game well to understand that. Some intangibles like throwing your body for a loose ball also count for the team.

        Some of you just look at the boxscore and see the points, for example Jordan scored today but 5 turnovers? I prefer the 0 pts by Sasha with 2-3 hustle plays.

        • LAKESHOW420

          yeah but sasha is consistently playing like shit, at least jordan shows up every now and then. sasha has been non existent for the past 2 years

  • hey

    Damn the jig is up. He’s purposely playing even more worse than usual so that he can turn off suitors.

  • http://youtube.com/mrterrific100 Mr Terrific

    ALAMO & The Garbage Disposal picked the wrong night to act normal.