Friday , Jul , 25 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Sasha Vujacic Also Considering Euroleague Contract?

Just days after Atlanta Hawks guard Josh Childress shocked the NBA to sign a lucrative, three-year deal with the Greek team Olympiakos, rumblings began surfacing about European clubs being interested in Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday that he was still "hopeful we can make a deal sometime in the near future," but acknowledged that there was concern about European teams making a pitch to Vujacic.

"There is a vibrant European market that we’re aware of, much more so of late," Kupchak said."I don’t think it’ll go away soon. Until you have a players’ signature on a contract, you’re always concerned.

"I do believe he wants to play in the NBA, but he has an obligation to seek out a deal that fits what he wants as a free agent and only he knows what that is."