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Report: Ronny Turiaf could be headed to Minnesota, too.

Jul 11, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

Ronny Turiaf,  Matt Barnes AP

Does it seem to anyone else like Minnesota is signing every available free agent the last 48 hours?

Veteran big man Ronny Turiaf could be part of that mix, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. He says the Timberwolves are the “clear frontrunner” to sign Turiaf, certainly for the league minimum.

In his eight NBA seasons Turiaf has been with six teams, most recently the Los Angeles Clippers. He may be best known for wild celebrations on the bench. When he gets on the court he brings energy, he’s a good defender as a shot blocker and against the pick-and-roll, and he’ll go after every loose ball. He’s not exactly an offensive powerhouse but he plays within himself — he doesn’t take bad shots.

Bottom line, he’s a solid backup big and a solid pickup for the Timberwolves, where he can play behind Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, plus he can mentor future role player Gorgui Deng.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    The twolves are looking really good, Turiaf will probably be a bench cheerleader they already have pek and stiemsma

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Steamstress is a Pelly. You’re right about Pekker.

    • uptjeff - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Stiemsma is a Pelican.

  2. loubearkane - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Always root for this guy , coming back from heart surgery is no joke.

  3. dezglobal - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Heart surgery survivor and back in the NBA. Hope he finds a real home in Minn.

  4. nickhoberg - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    The Wolves waived Stiemsma earlier this week.

  5. silentfreedom5 - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Dieing will back up Pek, followed by Chris Johnson. Cunningham can help back up C, but will be Loves primary back up. Just not seeing where Turiaf fits in other than a bench guy who sees a few minutes every so often

  6. jlg999 - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    man, I like me some Ronny Turiaf…I wonder if he wishes he could play with some *winning* French players like Tony Parker and Boris Diaw…lol…just in time for Bastille Day….vive le France! :)

  7. readysethike - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    stay in l.a. Ronny, nobody does the finger twirl like u after a dunk

  8. adoombray - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Definite upgrade over stiemsmalicious

  9. nycalldayz - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    T-Wolves actually look good for a change. They haven’t had this much depth since the KG era. But can Love stay healthy for an 82 game season?

    • brewdogg - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      They didn’t have this much depth while they had KG. Those teams were always thin beyond the starting lineups.

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