Basically what this means is the Lakers would like to keep both players, for the right money of course. The free-agent period begins tomorrow (July 1st). If either Vujacic or Turiaf agree to a deal with another team, the Lakers can match that offer and retain the player's rights. So now it becomes a bidding war. Is there another team out there willing to pay more than the Lakers for Vujacic or Turiaf?
EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Lakers have extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents Sasha Vujacic and Ronny Turiaf, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
In accordance with the league’s collective bargaining agreement, these offers establish the Lakers’ right of first refusal. Restricted free agents may sign an offer sheet with any team, but the Lakers have the ability to match any offer.