It appears that another former Los Angeles Laker has received an NBA job. The Los Angeles Clippers have signed shooting guard Sasha Vujacic to a 10-day contract. The Slovenian guard hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2010-11 season, when he split time between the Lakers and New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets. He averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and two assists during that season. Vujacic last played for Turkish Euroleague team Anadolu Efes Istanbul in 2012-13. Per Euroleague.net, he averaged 9.1 points per game while shooting 37.6 percent from the field for that squad. This news comes mere weeks after the Clippers signed 34-year-old veteran Hedo Turkoglu for the remainder of the season.
Clippers have made it official – Sasha Vujacic back in the NBA! – at least on a 10-day contract
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) February 3, 2014
Nicknamed “The Machine” for his shooting ability (although something similar to the Tin Man without oil would be more appropriate), Vujacic helped the Lakers seal their Game 7 NBA Finals win over the Boston Celtics in 2010 with a pair of free throws. Vujacic’s former teammates from the title years, Andrew Bynum and Shannon Brown, also recently signed with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively. Darius Morris, who played the last two seasons with the Lakers, signed a 10-day contract on Monday, joining the Memphis Grizzlies after a 20-day stint with the Clippers. The Clippers have been searching for temporary Band-Aids while Chris Paul sits out with a separated shoulder.
This signing could be similar to that of Stephen Jackson. The 29-year-old Vujacic hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011, so it will be interesting to see how much he can offer the Clippers in a limited role. Even with the Clippers backcourt in a bit of a depleted state, it is quite possible that Vujacic will not see considerable playing time with Darren Collison successfully leading the forefront since CP3′s absence. He will likely be nothing more than an insurance policy for L.A. once Paul comes back to the lineup, if he makes it that long.