Lakers will sign Ratliff.

NBA.com: The Los Angeles Lakers are shoring up the potential loss of forward Josh Powell to the Atlanta Hawks by agreeing to terms with veteran big man Theo Ratliff on a one-year deal for the veterans’ minimum of $1.35 million, according to a league source.

Ratliff, 37, started last season with the San Antonio Spurs, but was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats at the trade deadline for a future second-round pick. He gave the young Bobcats a boost down the stretch as Charlotte made the playoffs, averaging 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22 minutes a game. He has been one of the league’s best defensive players of his era, leading the NBA in blocked shots per game three times.

The 15-year veteran has played for eight NBA teams in his career, which began as a first-round pick for the Pistons in 1995. Ratliff was a key part of the 76ers’ team that went on to make the Finals in 2001, making his lone All-Star team that season, but was traded days after that appearance to Atlanta in a package for Dikembe Mutombo. Ratliff was also part of another major trade, going from Boston to Minnesota in 2007 as part of the Kevin Garnett trade.

The Hawks are expected to sign Powell to a one-year deal at minimum numbers in the next couple of days.

The Lakers’ signing of Ratliff would have no effect on their pursuit of Orlando small forward Matt Barnes, whom they would sign with the remaining $1.8 million of their mid-level exception. Los Angeles signed Clippers free agent guard Steve Blake to a four-year, $16 million deal earlier this month and used about $4 million of the $5.8 million mid-level to do so. Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that Barnes has whittled the list of five teams trying to sign him down to the Lakers and Cavaliers. A league source said the Cavaliers are offering a multi-year deal that averages a little more than $3 million per season, while all the Lakers can offer is the $1.8 million.

  • UTCPLA24

    WELL ALL WE NEED IS A SHOT BLOCKER AND HE CAN DO THAT

  • xtro

    block party y’all!!!

  • lakers37

    yay he good for a veteran

  • keepon_keepinon18

    YES! This is good news. He can definitely block and has size and fouls to give against other centers. Also, it seems like the Lakers will likely get Matt Barnes also. Just hope him and Kobe competing was out of “respect” for each other and not “hate”…

    PG Fisher-Blake
    SG Kobe-Shannon(?)-Sasha
    SF Artest-Barnes(?)-Walton-Ebanks(?)
    PF Pau-Lamar-Caracter(?)
    C Drew-Ratliff
    ^ much better line-up depth-wise than it looked a week ago

    As long as a trade for CP3 isn’t made… this should quiet the waters.

    • Lakers_The_Truth

      CP3 is not coming.

      • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

        not this year! :cool:

  • Hunt4Six

    Very good defensive pick-up…..Thank Josh!..Enjoy those 2 rings……Now Theo has a chance to close out his career with a NBA Title…..Hope it works out for you…Welcome to Victory!

  • KwameMVP

    Lakers have the best defense in the NBA, if Barnes joins.
    Kobe, Barnes, Sasha – tough/pesky perimeter
    Theo+Twin Towers – nuff said.
    Ron – again self-explanatory.

    7 great defenders!

    • Schism

      The Lakers have learned that defense wins championships. With Odom, Blake, Ratliff, and maybe Barnes, it would hard for any other 2nd team to score against them. Add 6’9″ F’s Caracter, and Ebanks getting experience with those guys, and even the future is getting brighter.

  • AestheticFlavor

    This guy is OLD!

  • Long

    theo ratliff, on weekends, does stunts for dikembe mutumo in gay movies.

    • alive86

      AHAHAHAHAHHHAAHHA

  • More Cookies 4 Kob

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Theo Ratliff; WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!!!!!!! what a shitty off season

    • http://youtube.com/lakersftw2010 RonRonGq

      go jump opn the heat bandwagon then nigga

      • river raider

        my man, you should check out some scouting reports, I agree with ron ron gq, homeboy will be valuable, even at this age he may not do everything good, but he can still play defense, he’s all effort. Trust!!!!!

    • nath

      Do you watch basketball?

  • LAL_24

    So does that completly throw Shaq out the window?

    • Lakers_The_Truth

      Man we don’t need Shaq and his fat ego. He will be more of a distraction than help. Leave him alone.

    • laughoutloud

      fuck man, get off shaqs nuts man

      • laughoutloud

        to LAL_24

    • Frelsi_Brazil

      This one must clear the things up:
      “• Since it has come up lately: the Lakers will not be signing free agent Shaquille O’Neal. Not for the veteran’s minimum, not for depth behind oft-injured Andrew Bynum, not for anything. They will move Pau Gasol back to center if needed. They will move Derek Fisher to center if needed. They will move Phil Jackson to center if needed. No Shaq reunion.”
      From NBA.com: http://www.nba.com/2010/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/07/22/paul.hornets/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    We don’t need Shaq. Shaq has been a bad influence to the past two teams (Suns & Cavs). He jumps ships very often. His opinion also changes when he changes team drastically … kind of like a professional traitor. Besides, Shaq already indicated that he won’t be joining the Celtics because he wants something more than the full MLE (more than 5.8 mil per season).

  • jbn

    why would you want that bloated pig shaq? ratliff is a good pick up!!

  • letsGOlakers!

    i dont know if this is good or bad becuz we have alot of veterans(kinda) and the thunder is a really young and fast team and in the playoffs that was our problem with them so i think we need to ATLEAST keep brown for some young players becuz this guy is 37, so I hope hes good

    • Schism

      Think of Ratliff as a replacement for Mbenga, and then think about how useful Mbenga was against OKC during the playoffs. In other words, Ratliff is an improvement in any case. Theo Ratliff is still one of the top defensive centers in the NBA, and was #1 in BPG’s for several years. Plus he can play 10-20 regular minutes a game, to give Bynum better rest for his knees. He’s gonna push his 37-year old Mojo to chance for a ring, and cap his 16 year NBA career. This is good news!!!!!!

  • letsGOlakers!

    aww josh and kobes r like best friends, this is like wen ronny turiaf left

  • letsGOlakers!

    kobe*

  • jbn

    if the thunders speed was the problem then how come they ended up watching the rest of the playoffs from home? : )

  • iiTzDanny

    Welcome to Los Angeles Mr. Ratliff.

  • 242LakerFan

    Old? Come on! It’s not as if he’s being asked to start or play more than 20 or so mpg. Anyone recall how effective Deke was in limited minutes backing up Yao and Fisher’s Bitch…errr, I mean Scola? And he was 126 years old!

    • Schism

      I’ll take Ratliff’s 10-20 mins a game over Mbenga’s 2min any day. He’s a legitimate backup for Bynum, so Drew could rest those weary knees, and let Pau play PF as he prefers. After 15 seasons, I’m sure that Ratliff will push the Ol’Mojo for chance of a ring to cap his NBA career.

  • mr.laker

    Yay?

  • gugy

    This is a good move. Mitch is doing a good job upgrading the team adding D mind players.
    The last thing we need to really make our team lean and mean is sending Luke and Sasha to the landfill.

    • Schism

      Only one more year of Sasha, and then the Lakes must effort to find a way for Luke to be put out to grass.

      • LbC Ya562

        Yea, its shitty that those 2 are making GOOD money for NOTHING. Their money could be goin to someone like a Matt barnes or a Raja Bell, but we got these 2 nobodies makin BANK. Dont get me wrong Im a fan of my team and ALL of its players, just not when bench warmers are earning premium pay.

  • LakErS 3 pEaT
    • http://watdadickens.com/ BJ (Yes That BJ)

      I agree.

  • inverse

    I actually really like this signing. I like how the lakers work undercover lol. But if were able to sign barnes…watch out. We’d have the best bench in the NBA hands down! Something weve lacked in the title runs.

    Starters: Bench:
    Fisher Blake
    Kobe Sasha
    RonRon Barnes
    Pau LO
    Bynum Ratliff

    Thats one killer team, and thats not even including the rookies, who have a big time possibility of cracking the rotation and taking the league by surprise. And with the rumors that luke might be retiring with his back, we might still be able to sign one more player, wow! Bring on the Heat

    • REALISTICLAKERFAN

      WHERE DID U HEAR LUKE WAS GONNA RETIRE

    • Lakers=beast

      how I hope mitch signs barnes, that is a killer team

  • REALISTICLAKERFAN

    I HAVE A QUESTION I THOUGHT THE VET MIN WAS LIKE 900,000 N HOW MANY VET MIN CAN WE SIGN FOR 1.3 MIL

    • Schism

      Vet Minimum is actually a League Minimun dependent on seasons played. The scale starts at rookie around $490,000 on up through each year 1-10. 10+ is Veteran at around $1.3M. Each team can sign as many Minimum contracts (Vet or less) as they choose without affecting the salary cap.

      Good Reading Here…
      http://members.cox.net/lmcoon/salarycap.htm

  • Team_ME

    Shit hope Luke does retire or jus buy him out. Fuck jus make him a coach idk I jus don’t wanna see him in a lar uni nomore. I’m sure Mitch regrets signing him for long. But Ratliff good pick up now get barnes or jus surprises wit another good move!

    • Team_ME

      Lakers uni.! my bad not lar

    • LakerLand Nostradamus

      Are Touch ME?
      If you are then you really are a coward for not using your name anymore.
      Laker hater!
      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patrick Bateman

    Barnes Officially agrees to terms with Lakers

  • Str8 Ballin

    Lakers 10/11 Roster

    PG: Fisher, Blake, Brown??

    SG: Bryant, Sasha

    SF: Artest, Ebanks, Walton, Barnes??

    PF: Gasol, Caracter, LaMar

    C: Bynum, Ratliff

    Lakers 10/11 Champ!!

  • Schism
    • Lakers_The_Truth

      wow, The Lakers will really look scary next season. 3 peat boys, bring it on!

  • ilikebasketball

    damn, old!

    i guess we are going for next year and that’s it?

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    he`s a very young man next to fisher…

  • docholidae

    Theo and Barnes, i think that I can live with THAT!!! we may not have picked up the sexiest names but we got the pieces that everyone agreed that we needed. back up PG(check), Back up big man(check) and a back up tough wing man (check). Ready to see how the team comes together

  • letsgolakers

    Like Ice Cube said, “Today was a good day” …

    • letsgolakers

  • http://lakers gwforum

    GREAT piccup!! mitch!! tha zen-master is going out a champion! message 4 tha rest of tha nba just BRING IT!!! WE WILL 3-PEAT!! WELCOME to L.A. STEVE BLAKE, MATT BARNES, & THEO RATLIFF!

  • TRUELAKERFAN

    MARK MY WORDS HE WILL BE A BIG WE 3PEAT ..EVERYBODY TALKING ABOUT HOW BARNES AND ARTEST ARE A GOOD PIK UP BECUZ THEY Are INTENSE DEFENSIFLY !! SASSHA JUST AS INTENSE .. I LOVE HOW HARD HE WORKS DEFINESLY …AND IF HE GETS HIS SHOT BAK !!!! HOW DEADLY is that cuz we IF HE DOES HOW MORE DANGEOUS DOES THAT MAKE THIS TEAM !!! JUST THINK ABOUT IT !!!!

    • 151rummer

      ….what in the hell is up with your spelling bro?

  • TRUELAKERFAN

    THINK ABOUT THAT!!!! SASHA GOT THE INTENSITY AND EFFORT !! THATS ALL I CAN ASK FROM A PROFESSSIONAL ATHLETE THESE DAYS !!!! GIVE ME EVERYTHING YOU GOT !!! AND I I BELIEVE SASHA DOES THAT FOR THIS TEAM IF ITS JUST FOR 5 MINUTE OR SINKING 2 BIG FREE THROWS TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP 4 US !!!

  • TRUELAKERFAN

    SOMETIMES WE GO LOOKING FOR PLAYAS WE ALREADY GOT !!!… SASHA GOTS HIS LIMITS BUT DONT WE ALL !!! I LUV HIS EFFORT !!!!…I CANT HAIT ON HIM CUZ IF I WAS IN THE NBA I WOULD BE SASHA!!! ALL I CAN DO IS GIVE IT ALL I GOT !!! I AM NOT THE BIGEST OR BEST PLAYA ON THE TEAM BUT I WOULD DO WHATEVA I CAN TO MAke my team better !!! and i believe sassha does that for us !!!

    • URGAY

      DUDE, STOP USING CAPS!!! AND GET SASHA’S PEE-PEE OUT OF UR MOUTH

      • 151rummer

        I think “trulakerfan” is a little faded right now!

        • KRILL

          As Odom would say “crazy jackhammer” well maybe not, I said this, but pass the spliff

  • Bharath Venkat

    While the Lakers will most likely not be in the Chris Paul chase, they have signed important role players to help them next season. I have written an article for my blog (pardonmybias.com) about the Lakers off season moves. Here is the direct link to my post: http://pardonmybias.com/the-rich-get-richer/
    Feel free to comment on my blog.

  • http://nba.com John Robertson

    I hope Bynum will learn how to effectively defend from Ratliff…

  • Laker s Army

    Old man Ratleff is better than Mobenga and J powell.
    He has a lot of heart and is one Kobes friends so its all good. We got depth Miami is going to have to shot outside alot to beat us. La Choke is a coward band wagon loser. Hoped on Dwades nut sack.
    Your mother would be so proud La Brick but she s busy doing one of your team mates. Thats why you left punk and choked away the finals.
    La Brick you wanted Shaq and Dante West Mo Williams
    then droped them like hot potatoes . Was it because your mother was having sex with all these guys?