Turiaf agrees to deal with Warriors
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Broderick Turner of the Riverside Press-Enterprise is reporting that Ronny Turiaf has agreed to a four-year, $17-million offer sheet from the Golden State Warriors. As Turiaf is a restricted free agent, assuming he does in fact accept the deal the Lakers would have seven days to match it. I've always been terrible at estimating how much a guy will get on the open market, especially a player like Turiaf whose value can be difficult to quantify in dollar figures (although apparently it's somewhere around four years, $17 million). To me, this deal is at the upper end of what I thought Ronny would get, and it'll be interesting to see whether the Lakers, given their luxury tax situation and the desire to bring in a guy like James Posey with the mid-level exception, will match.
Initial Reaction: Turiaf, though an inspiring person, is a luxury for this group assuming Andrew Bynum and Chris Mihm are healthy and able to play. He's undoubtedly a great guy to have around, and they won't find anyone on the open market to replace his attitude. They might, though, be able to replace his production at a far cheaper price. It's not my money, so I'd just as soon they match (take the guy you have rather than worry about finding a replacement that may or may not be better). I don't think it would become an albatross contract, weighing them down. Four mil isn't too bad a number to move if need be, and Turiaf's work ethic and size mean he'll probably always have suitors. But given that I don't write the checks, it's an easy thing for me to say.
My guess is they'll pass on the offer. Turiaf may be a $4-million player on paper, but in their current economic situation and the dollar-for-dollar luxury tax penalty they're looking at, he'd amount to an $8-million backup -- on some nights, a very deep backup -- for L.A. That's pretty steep. Good for Ronny, though. He certainly earned the deal. Plenty more on this to come as it develops.