Wednesday, July 9, 2008

UPDATE: The Lakers Are On The Clock For Turiaf

UPDATE: Ronny Turiaf has officially signed his offer sheet from the Warriors, but I'm hearing that the Lakers will not match it. It seems $17 million over four years is a bit too much to pay for a guy who averaged less than 19 minutes of action. And in the playoffs, Turiaf's playing time was nearly cut in half. Remember when Phil Jackson called him soft?

So it looks to be so long, Ronny!

My Friend Broderick Turner of the Riverside Press-Enterprise is reporting that Ronny Turiaf has agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, who still have cap space even after doing a deal for Corey Maggette.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has said repeatedly this summer that retaining Turiaf and Sasha Vujacic are his top priorities. Both are restricted free agents, meaning the Lakers can match any offer the players accept. Now we find out just how valuable the Lakers believe Turiaf is to their next run at a title.

The Press-Enterprise

Lakers forward-center Ronny Turiaf agreed to a four-year, $17 million offer from the Golden State Warriors, according to two league sources.

Turiaf is a restricted free agent. The Lakers have seven days to match the Warriors' offer.

Turiaf's agent, Mark Bartelstein would neither confirm nor deny the offer from the Warriors.

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