While looking into the free agent market this off-season the New York Knicks need to both look for players who would fit their budget and the triangle offense. For now, the most they can offer is the mini mid-level exception to any free agent not named Carmelo Anthony. That means that a lot of their shopping will be bargain basement players. In other words, players willing to accept the veteran's minimum. Sasha Vujacic is a player that could be a nice match for both the Knicks needs and spending limits.
For his career Sasha Vujacic has only averaged 5.6 points, 0.6 steals, 1.3 assists, and 1.9 rebounds per game. No one is saying that the New York Knicks should spend their mini mid-level exception on him. However, he'd be a good candidate for the Knicks as a veteran's minimum player.
Vujacic is a 6'7", 205 pound combo guard. He was selected 27th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Vujacic started his pro basketball career playing in Italy for Snaidero Udine from 2001-04. He then entered the NBA, playing for the Lakers from 2004-10.
He thrived when given real playing time as a member of the New Jersey Nets from 2010-11. He then went to Turkey where he played for Anadolu Efes from 2011-13. He then returned to the NBA for two games of the 2014 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Vujacic then signed with Reyer Venezia Mestre in Italy for the rest of the 2014 season.
Vujacic's best NBA season came with the Nets when he saw an increase of minutes to over 25 a game. However, as a 15-17 minute a game player Vujacic can offer scoring and solid guard play off the bench. In fact, his career Per 36 minutes stats shows he projects as a double-digit scorer.
At the discounted price of the veteran's minimum Phil Jackson could bring in another player familiar with his system. As a bonus, Jackson already knows Vujacic can handle playing in this market and it will give Vujacic another chance at the NBA.
This signing could become particularly important if Jackson moves J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. in a trade. Do you think Vujacic would be a quality signing for the Knicks? Should the Knicks look into bringing him back to the NBA? Is there room for him on the Knicks roster?
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