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It’s official — Heat sign Ronny Turiaf for rest of season

Mar 21, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

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UPDATE 4:55 pm: It is official, Ronny Turiaf is a member of the Miami Heat. Let the sideline cheering begin.

The Heat had made runs at bigger name big men this season — Kenyon Martin when he returned from China, Joel Przybilla, others — but this gives them a little more depth up front. He will play behind Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem in the rotation, but he can give them some good defense and hustle for 15 minutes a night.

Turiaf was drafted out of Gonzaga by the Los Angeles Lakers but had to miss his rookie season due to surgery to repair an enlarged heart. He played a couple seasons in Los Angeles followed by stints with the Warriors, Knicks and this season the Wizards.

2:53 pm: Looks like the Heat are going to be adding a little depth to the front line. And a good bench cheering section.

The Heat are close to a deal with Ronny Turiaf, reports our own Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel via twitter.

Agent Mark Bartelstein confirms to Sun Sentinel the Heat are close to signing Ronny Turiaf. “We’re working toward that,” Bartelstein said.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo also reports the sides are close.

This would be a nice pickup — not something that puts them over the top, but provides some needed depth along the front line of a team that had to start Dexter Pittman Tuesday night. Turiaf will bring energy, he only shoots pretty high efficiency shots, he defends hard, he rebounds, you can get a good 15 minutes out of him a night. The guys in the locker room and the fans will like him. He’s solid.

Turaif had been with the Wizards but was traded to Denver as part of the Nene/JaVale McGee swap. The Nuggets promptly bought Turiaf out.

  1. trueballs - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    If Joel Anthony and Udonis made a baby, Ronny Turiaf would be the result. He excels in hair braids, hustling, and positive attitude…his rebounding and shot-blocking are just OK (again, the combination of UD&Joel), but he’s competent, and that makes Pittman&Curry a distant 3rd in the center rotation.

    • saintlaron - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      Actually he is an above-average shotblocker.

      • trueballs - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        you’re right, but I was talking about if you created the average (an offspring) of UD and Joel…Joel is a good shotblocker, Haslem not really. Visa versa for rebounds.

  2. 00maltliquor - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    So what ever happened to Eddy Curry? He reportedly lost 100 lbs. +/- and he plays behind the worst starting C and STILL can’t get no PT?? What is he even doing on the roster still!?!

  3. jayzus - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Curry has looked adequate at the offensive end, on defense he fails to rotate in a timely manner. I like Turiaf, Joel can’t give you anymore with his limitations and watching Pittman play is like watching a wrecking ball.

  4. lakerluver - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    So what, another scrub.

  5. lakerluver - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Maybe HE can take (and make) the last shot, since it’s obvious LePippen won’t.

    • limonadamas - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      wow, i’m no Heat fan, but that’s just…. lame.

      the Lakers probably wouldn’t mind having a “scrub” like Turiaf back. Kobe loved having him on the roster. please focus on your own team’s issues and stop giving Laker fans a bad name.

      • progress2011 - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        limonadamas- I agree with you but laker fans are bad losers! Their true colors come out when faced with the fact that their team is not at the top and the leading scorer #24, is only the leading scorer because he has taken approx 200 more shots that Durant, but only leads him by approx 40 pts.
        So, lakerluver is doing what cali-phony guys do…….being phony !!!

        ahahahaha….My wife is from there. I laugh everytime we visit L.A. cause as soon as you touch down ( at baggage claim ) everyone is talking about they have a movie shoot, they just signed a modeling contract, name dropping about who they know etc. etc. etc.

        Kinda like that bat man mask kobe broke out a few games ago…..ahahahahaha !!!

        Phony Dudes ride together….ahahaha

    • totallyuselessme - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      Did you seriously just diss Scotty Pippen?

      If you wanna hate on LeBron, by all means, hate on LeBron, but Pippen’s a legend and he’s heavily underrated, as he was his entire career. Don’t forget that Jordan didn’t win a single championship without him.

      • berbes - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        to clarify:

        do you mean ‘legend’ as in someone who couldn’t win on his own WITHOUT jordan, or the ‘legend’ who was arrested for domestic violence with a handgun, or the ‘legend’ who walked off the court with 1.8 seconds left in a playoff game where he wasn’t the one taking the last shot?

        just asking.

    • turnmymicup - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      I can’t stand idiotic comments. Everyone keeps crying for LBJ to shoot the last shot. WHY?! Just let Wade shoot it already. Teams focus on stopping Lebron so much they forget we have other great players. I love being a Heat fan.

  6. rodge1 - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Nice pick-up. Makes the best team even better. The best part about all your hating is that is shows how scared you are for your crappy teams come playoff time.

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      i ain’t scurred….

    • berbes - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      naw, we hate them because they’re so hateable.

  7. lakerluver - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    @rodge1, they were allegedly the best team last season, according to LBJ. In case you haven’t been paying attention the Heat will have all they can handle with the Bulls. Because of their bench, I’ll take Chi-town.

    • datkiidjc - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      your a dumbass enough said

  8. slowclyde86 - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Yawn. Another non-event signing for the heat. They will still win it all but this signing will have absolutely zero impact.

  9. progress2011 - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    lakerluver, allegedly according to laker fans, the lakers are the best team EVERY YEAR. And the biggest ball hawk, in league history ( aka harlem globetrotter ) #24, is the best player in the league.

    All everyone talked about last year was ” laker length “. Odom, Gasol, Bynum and others were too long and dominant to have anyone compete.

    BUT….Ya’ll got ” ran outta the gym ” by a dude 5’3″ and his team….ahahahaha

    This year, you won’t get past the Spurs or the Thunder….PERIOD !

    If Ball Hawk keeps shooting 3 for 30……Trying to be like Mike….Ya’ll won’t make it outta the first round !

    You got bigger worries than worring about anyone elses team. You should infiltrate a laker practice to see if someone can teach #24 basketball fundamentals…….like U’mmmmm passing the ball every now and then !

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:10 AM

      Your a clown, progress2011. 16 championships in 31 tries in the finals. 2 championships in the last 4. 5 championships since the 2000’s began in 7 times in the finals. Perenial division champs. The most successful franchise in league history in terms of W/L’s (so what BOS got 1 more ‘chip, we are still better overall W/L’s). Don’t play yourself kid. Lakers more or less HAVE been the best team EVERY year. Facts are facts chump sandwich.

      • progress2011 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        oo-maltliquor….with a screen name like that, you have no right to ever call someone a clown !
        Maybe you have drank one 40, too many. How childlike. What state of mind would someone have to name themselves after some cheap, rott-gutt beer that causes you to up-chuck, everything in your stomach.
        I typically choose to not even speak to people of such low-life standards / mentality.
        I will leave you with this, keep all your historical stats. At one time the Neanderthals were a dominant species. But that’s ancient history, kinda like all your historical stats.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:01 AM

        What, that’s all you got!? It’s a freakin’ screen name, it’s not supposed to be serious. There’s a guy named showerswithsandusky on here for Christ sakes! And those stats are not ancient, try within the last 12 years for most of them buddy. U mad, huh?! Yeah, I drink malt liquor. So what? You can have your lil’ apple martini and Smirnoffs like the sissy you are.

      • progress2011 - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Neanderthal !!!

      • progress2011 - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        maltliquor.

        Initially I just assummed you were a lil slow on the uptake. Now you have confirmed, you are dumb as a box of rocks….caveman !

        Go try to discover all the uses of fire or something….see what happens, if you light a match to that cheap rott-gutt and drink it.

        FYI- Humans have also discovered the wheel.

        Done wit-cha…going to talk intelligently with other humans about BBall.

  10. turnmymicup - Mar 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Good pick up. Adds some needed depth to our bench. Haters can’t understand why the Heat continue to do good. Pat Riley has a great vision for this team. We are going to be a scary matchup for teams in the play offs.

  11. mrlitl - Mar 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    @totallyuselessme I totally agree. Pippen is the best sidekick in history (except of course for Bernard P. Fife- he was a legend).

  12. 00maltliquor - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Nice. You Heat fans are gonna love Ronny. What a hustler, and heart to spare.
    @ lakerluver….c’mon bro, how you gonna have that screen name and say Ronny is a scrub. That’s almost as bad as that Laker fan that dissed Bynum a half dozen articles back.

  13. jolink653 - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    dammit i didn’t want the heat to get him he’s gonna be great for them ughh

  14. southbeachtalent - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I think it’s a good addition. We definitely need some length. I’m just wondering if he’s in shape, he’s been out with a hand injury.

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