New York Knicks rumors reveal Phil Jackson isn’t done this NBA offseason. The Knicks signed another free agent, adding more depth to a roster that will try to get this franchise back to respectability. A report from CBS Sports confirms that the team has signed shooting guard Sasha Vujacic to a one-year deal. The 31-year-old will come off the bench for the Knicks and become the 12th player currently under contract for the team.
Vujacic and Jackson were with the Lakers at the same time, spanning five-plus NBA seasons. He played in the NBA Finals three times, helping the Lakers win two championships behind Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Since then, he has been playing in Turkey and Italy, with his 2014-15 season taking place in the Spanish League. Jackson must have reached out to him, partly because of his familiarity with the Triangle Offense that could still be used by the Knicks.
Quite a few New York Knicks rumors about player acquisitions have taken place this offseason. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the team has signed Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, and Derrick Williams during the NBA offseason. The Knicks also selected Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 overall selection of the 2015 NBA Draft, who looked really good during Summer League play. The roster is starting to round out, and it appears there is enough talent to call this a playoff team again.
As for what Sasha Vujacic can bring to the Knicks, he was a great weapon from three-point range for the Lakers. During the 2007-08 NBA season, he hit 43.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, making him an extremely important piece of that Lakers roster. He was also decent on defense and really good from the free throw line, two things Phil Jackson would love to see continue. Over his career, Vujacic is an 87 percent free throw shooter.
While this deal isn’t one that will make it on the radar of a lot of NBA fans, Sasha Vujacic is certainly a player who could put up 15 to 18 minutes a night. He will be used to help spread the floor with the second unit, and he might just become very valuable in the Triangle Offense again. Add to the equation his familiarity with team president Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher, and the transition should come very easily. These New York Knicks rumors are very good for the team moving forward.
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