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Report: Celtics, Heat in lead to get Ronny Turiaf’s services

Mar 19, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

Ronny Turiaf AP

Ronny Turiaf headed west on the trade deadline — well, that’s not accurate, his contract headed West.

His contract followed JaVale McGee from Washington to Denver (with Nene headed the other direction) but the Nuggets had no intention of keeping him and he is being waived and bought out as we speak. He will be a free agent.

A serviceable big man that everybody in the locker room will like has value and there is interest, reports Brian Windhorst at ESPN on twitter:

Free agent Ronny Turiaf to decide new team by Wed., agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN. Celtics & Heat lead pack of teams interested

Both of those teams — and plenty of others — could use the depth and energy Turiaf provides. He’s not a game changer, but he can give you 15 solid minutes a night. And he’ll cheer from the bench like no other.

Wouldn’t be shocked if he joined the big rotation in South Beach.

  1. lucidsportsfan - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    While it seems clear that Boston needs a big man or two, they have actually played much better since they’ve gone small, now 9-4 with Garnett starting at center and Bass at PF

  2. cowboysallday - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    Why do these players even get traded when half of them are usually bought out? Why do the teams even agree to trade for that player can someone explain this to me

    • icu84bs - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:42 AM

      Sometimes the player accepts less money than they would have been paid had they stayed with the organization. The team is simply saving money.

    • gammagammahey - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      The salary cap rules dictate that trades have to be relatively even in terms of the total salary being traded to/from each team. That’s why bench players are often thrown into bigger trades, to balance out those requirements. The team receiving those players often have no need/roster space for them though so they then buy them out immediately or just release them.

  3. omgitskardashian - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    I have never understood why players like Ronny Turiaf or Derek Fisher think they can just bought out for sucking and go to a title-contender of their choice. You cannot provide veteran leadership at the end of a bench.

  4. albie23 - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    The Heat go after just about everyone…desperate !!

  5. cowboysallday - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Ohhhhh ok thanks

  6. bozosforall - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Dude is wasting his time with the Celtics. He will go nowhere with them…one and done.

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