Presumably, the Knicks gave Sasha Vujacic guaranteed money because they think he can help them play basketball games. That remains to be seen, but this is valuable, too. Via Berman:
Vujacic, the former Lakers shooting guard from Slovenia who signed as a free agent, is helping Porzingis make the NBA transition. Vujacic played the past four seasons in Europe, and last season spent time in the Spanish League, where Porzingis played for Seville.
When first asked about Vujacic serving as a mentor to Porzingis, Fisher quipped of his former teammate: "That's scary."
"Sasha and I talked several times [and] over the summer we met a few times in LA,'' Fisher said, getting serious. "Sasha is at a place in his career he wants to be a leader. He observed relationships and dynamics of when we played together. He likes Kristaps a lot. As soon as we drafted [Porzingis], Sasha called me and said: ‘You'll like him a lot. He's a very good player.'''
That makes sense! It's hard to be 20 in a huge city on a new continent with a stack of fresh money and tons of expectations. Vujacic has ... some ... comparable experience, and he's eager to serve as a guide, and that's a good guy to have around. See, they're hanging out:
It'd be nice if Sasha can play, too, but this is good.