Posted by Royce Young
Add another marginal NBA player who has signed to play in Europe. This one is Sasha Vujacic, who may be more famous as Mr. Sharapova than for being a good basketball player.
According to Euroleague.net, Vujacic has signed with Anadolu Efes Istanbul for one year with an option for a second. No word in the report on whether Vujacic has an opt-out clause. He is a free agent once this lockout ends, so he's free to go and play wherever he wants without risking his contract because of an injury.
Vujacic averaged 11.4 points per game in 56 games last season and spent six seasons with the Lakers, winning two titles. He's a solid player and definitely a NBA rotation guy for someone. Not an earth-shattering signing, but definitely a guy that would otherwise be playing in the NBA.
Of course, his Nets teammate Deron Williams also signed in Turkey just a couple of weeks ago.
Vujacic, a native of Slovenia, obviously understands what it's like playing in Europe having played in Italy before being picked in the first round by the Lakers in 2004. In Europe, I'm sure Vujacic will play a much bigger role for whatever team he's on and maybe can make good on the ridiculous claim he made last season that he could average 30 points a game if he wanted to.
If you can't do that in Turkey, you definitely can't do it in the NBA.