Wolves reach contract terms with C Ronny Turiaf
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- July 11, 2013 - 8:32 PM
The Wolves tonight have reached contract terms with free-agent center/forward Ronny Turiaf, his agent Mark Bartelstein says.
It's a two-year, $3.2 million deal for the eight-year NBA veteran.
He gives the Wolves yet another post presence: They already have Nikola Pekovic (provided he re-signs, of course), rookie Gorgui Dieng and Chris Johnson at center, Kevin Love, Derrick Williams and Dante Cunningham at power forward.
But Turiaf -- 6-9 and 30 years old -- gives the Wolves at least three things: Interior defense, playoff experience and enthusiasm.
By all accounts, he's a great teammate and a fine bench/team guy.
He's appeared in 47 playoff games, too, including 12 played and seven started during the Heat's 2012 run to the NBA championship.
Bartelstein credited Flip Saunders with doing a "great job recruiting" his client and said Turiaf envisions himself fitting into Rick Adelman's offense much like Brad Miller did with his high-post passing skills.
"He's going to come in and compete for minutes," Bartelstein said. "They had a lot of injuries last year, so I think they were looking to fortify the roster. I think he'll play a lot."
Also on Thursday, Andrei Kirilenko reached agreement with Brooklyn on a two-year deal for the mini-mid level exception.
Yes, that's right math fans, that's $3.1 million a year for two years when he turned down a $10.2 million option year with the Wolves next season.
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