turner.jpgCBS: The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent center Larry Turner, it was announced today.

Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Turner, a 6-11 center from Tennessee State, averaged 5.8 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior.

Turner played for the Lakers 2007 Summer-Pro League team, averaging 7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in five games.

  • LA_LAKER FAN

    wow mitch coby carl and now this guy. wat a job u been doing this summer.

  • rompx

    we already have a 15 man roster but ok this is dumb another kwame no i hate mitch my gosh

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    I think we just sealed the deal on a championship team.

    Off-Season well done Mitch!

  • nyla

    Uh, ok Mitch?

  • http://theworldvoice.com LUUUUKE

    just what we needed another 5 ppg. player. Mitch I wish I was as smart as you damn. Whatever though, he’s not gonna make the final roster.

  • lakersfan17

    Very stupid of Mitch.I swear i hate that idiot….

  • http://myspace.com/crunklilgangsta LiL_K

    its not stupid but its not aprpriate we need a big time improvement not a guy that will avg 5, and 5 for us

  • http://www.myspace.com/on3s3qu3nc3 123kid

    wow! i guess that gives hope to me now, since mitch is just signing randomn guys off the street!

  • lakers1fan

    Wow, Mitch. I really shows that you don’t got anything better to do but sign some NOBODY’S.

  • http://myspace.com/theycallmeradio radio234life

    looks like a d-wade and dwight howard mix facicially
    hahaha

  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

    Im going to be postive and Ill tell you what first hit me when I saw this headline. THe only thing I can think of is one of two things. One, Mitch is an idiot and why sign a guy that averages 5ppg. But 2, we could of signed this guy for depth that we will lose in a trade??? JO, or someone else? IF we give up Bynum we need some kind of big man to back up Mihm! Im guessing this move isnt just random it has to be for something bigger and better?? Maybe im dreamin but you gotta hope he isnt this dumb!

  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    Is he good?

  • foxxy

    NOW WE HAVE 4 CENTERS….WHATS GOING ON??????????????????? DO YOU EVEN KNOW MITCH?????????/

  • rompx

    hahahaha he looks like terrel owens and dwight howard

  • laker4life23

    I’m going to give mitch the benefit of the doubt and say this was a wise choice (mostly because i hope what I think is going to happen, happens). I think mitch picked this guy up because of a trade for jermaine o’neal will be going down that possibly would include kwame with bynum and extras because to match contracts it makes sense for indy to want kwame’s 9 mil contract cuz of the cap space that he’ll free up after this season. SO I HOPE Larry Turner is a backup for chris mihm this season and jermaine o’neal will be a laker. Then again we’re talking about mitch kupcake so im probably wrong

  • BEC

    First of wall, why are some of you guys complaining about the 5ppg stat? We had the 5th best offense in the entire league, scoring more isnt what we need. Hopefully the fact that he doesnt score means hes a defensive minded player, which is what we desperately need. We need a more efficient offense that doesnt rely on kobe so much and more importantly improved interior defense. Im giving Mitch the benefit of the doubt that this was a fairly good sign. We dont have any real PF who can defend or basically just play. Brown? Cook? Vlad? Ronny?(I like Ronny though) but thats not much. We need better big men and hopefully if this guy can play defense, then its a good sign, but if he cant Mitch is a complete idiot, more so than now.

  • DeepFrost

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE G.O.A.T. – KOBE “THE BLACK MAMBA” BRYANT!!!

    Do yo’ thang, boy… and stay a Laker… give a present for you birthday, homie…

  • cyrus

    [quote comment=”12462″]Im going to be postive and Ill tell you what first hit me when I saw this headline. THe only thing I can think of is one of two things. One, Mitch is an idiot and why sign a guy that averages 5ppg. But 2, we could of signed this guy for depth that we will lose in a trade??? JO, or someone else? IF we give up Bynum we need some kind of big man to back up Mihm! Im guessing this move isnt just random it has to be for something bigger and better?? Maybe im dreamin but you gotta hope he isnt this dumb![/quote]

    DBricks, Agreed, I thought the same thing as I saw the news, you’re NOT dreaming. Actually if I put all pieces together; from JO’s interviews in LA, to this signing, it makes me believe something big is happening.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    [quote comment=”12475″][quote comment=”12462″]Im going to be postive and Ill tell you what first hit me when I saw this headline. THe only thing I can think of is one of two things. One, Mitch is an idiot and why sign a guy that averages 5ppg. But 2, we could of signed this guy for depth that we will lose in a trade??? JO, or someone else? IF we give up Bynum we need some kind of big man to back up Mihm! Im guessing this move isnt just random it has to be for something bigger and better?? Maybe im dreamin but you gotta hope he isnt this dumb![/quote]

    DBricks, Agreed, I thought the same thing as I saw the news, you’re NOT dreaming. Actually if I put all pieces together; from JO’s interviews in LA, to this signing, it makes me believe something big is happening.[/quote]

    I can only hope.

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    How did Mitch sign this guy when he is suppose to be on vacation until Friday? It doesn’t make any sense.

  • raphaelr

    maybe he isn’t on vacation, just recruiting since he doesn’t trust vlade divac

  • PHANTOM

    ok i think were seeing a trade in the mist
    with the coby and turner signing. the kidd trade might be happening now. maybe a 3 way trade???

    lakers get artest and kidd
    new jersey gets brown cook bynum and farmar
    sac town gets vlad sasha and javaris

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/trademachine?teams=17~13~23&players=2748~1016~2421~1998~429~981~25~3197~3002&sendto=17~23~23~17~13~17~13~23~17&from=13~13~13~13~17~13~23~13~13&te=na~na~na~na~na~na~na~na~na

    kidd-fish
    kobe-evans
    artest-luke
    lamar-turiaff
    mimh-turner (maybe a center will be bought out of there contract and lakers can pick him up mid year)

    man what a fun lineup this would be… we might have to throw in some draft picks to make this work but we would be contenders for a few years…

  • rompx

    yep i smell a trade goin down

    and this is what we give to kobe for a b day present turner lol

  • lakerfan81

    that gives the Lakers 16 people coming to camp. Obviously some of them are not making the team. But do they expect turner to make the team over Mihm or turiaf? Or do they expect a trade to happen? Or are they just being nice and inviting people to camp so that D-leaque teams can see them?

  • Michael_23

    I thought Mitch was on vacation …

    Ca mon now … Sign C. Webb …

    urghh.

  • fatty

    16 signed people, but only 14 of those are gauranteed.

    Mitch said ealier he was only going to keep 14 under contract so he has some room to play (mid season FA, DL 10 day contract, etc…)

    He also said Coby Karl is a long shot. I’m sure its the same for Turner.

    My take is Turner is insurance. He’s invited to camp to learn the Laker system. If a trade goes down and we lose Kwame and Bynum, this will be a smart move. Turner is just a back up to a back up. This deal locks Turner into us, nobody else can touch him, but we can release him if we want.

    I saw Turner play in Vegas. He roams the key looking to block shots and rebounded well. Other than that, I don’t know very much about him. He obviously impressed someone to sign him to a non-gauranteed contract and keep him from other teams.

  • bbkiller

    This guys is something else! I bet if i ask for a contract he will sign me too!!!!

  • Billy Kupchak

    trade is definitely going down

  • KOBENATOR

    MITCH !!!!!!!!!! WHY?????????????? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU? I GUESS THIS SEALS THE DEAL FOR O’NEIL, GEEZZZZZ, ARE YOU REALLY A LAKER? I DON’T THINK SO YOUR A FAKER FOR BOSTON, YOU TRADER!!!

  • keep24

    PEOPLE !!! PEOPLE !!! PEOPLE !!!

    You guys really need to get off Mitch’s back. HE IS NOT RUNNING THE SHOW. If you want to tear someone apart, go after Jimmy DoLittle and Dr. DoLittle.

    When Logo ran the show he had pure power and a checkbook in hand. This is not the case for Mitch! So leave him out of this.

    Jim Buss is behind all this because he wants to put his mark on this team and be known as the guy who brought in the championship and not his father or Jerry West.

    He wants the glory all to himself. Too bad we’ll have to lose KB in the process. KB and Jim Buss don’t like one another and that’s all there’s to it.

    Jim Buss should be the poster child for the argument that not every kid belongs in the family business.

    Imagine what would have happened if Tony Soprano left the family business to AJ!

    Jim Buss is AJ Soprano and at the rate things are going, I too, would rather cut to black!

  • fatty

    Kobenator
    ,”… YOU TRADER!!!”

    You mean traitor. Mitch has definately not been a trader. Otherwise we might all be happy with him. lol

  • KOBENATOR

    Your’re right Fatty, my bad wish he was a trader! but you know what I mean… lol

  • D. Imhoff

    On ESPN radio, “Spanning the Globe”, a reporter from Indy said that with regard to the JO/Laker trade each side is waiting for the other to blink. Turner is probably someone who could spell the starters at either power foward or center, play some defense and take some fouls. Lord knows we need someone to come in and rebound and play defense besides Rony Turiaf. This cuy may be just a good fillin to go along with JO once someone blinks.

  • somelakerfan1

    i think with this roster we wont be a championship contender but we could of made it to the finals or something beacuse look at the games that we lost to teams under .500 bobcats bucks atlanta minnisota seattle portland and all those teams if we won like most of them we would of been in 4th place and we would face houston we would own them and spurs we beat then 2-1 in the season series and go to the finals and face phx and well……