Bolstering their big man rotation with the signing of Ronny Turiaf should quell some concerns about relying on rookies to backup Nikola Pekovic, if not overall concerns regarding the team’s defense.
Turiaf is an energy guy who can be an irritant and block some shots. The prospect of him playing big minutes isn’t totally appealing. However, the aforementioned concerns of relying too heavily on Gorgui Dieng as Pek’s primary backup aren’t completely soothed by the thought of Turiaf filling in for 20 minutes or more a night once Pek goes down with one of those nagging injuries that seem to bite him for 10-15 games.
Turiaf may start 5 games or so for the Wolves next season. Here’s hoping Dieng surprises and comes in ready for big minutes.
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Turiaf’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the deal in a phone interview on Thursday night. Bartelstein said Turiaf was encouraged by the direction of the franchise under new boss Flip Saunders and excited by the style of play used by coach Rick Adelman.
Turiaf played sparingly last season for the Los Angeles Clippers. But the 30-year-old started seven playoff games for the champion Miami Heat in 2012 after joining them down the stretch and has 47 postseason games on his resume.
Turiaf will join his sixth team in fewer than four years and the seventh of his career. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005.