UPDATE: Time is running out for the Lakers. Will they match Turiaf’s offer? If the rumors are true (Artest) they still need a big if Ronny leaves. Will this change their decisions on that matter? Let’s all stay tuned:
LakersBlog: The clock is ticking…
Less than 48 hours remain before the Lakers either match the four-year, $17 million offer Ronny Turiaf got from the Golden State Warriors or let him walk. Team officials had seven days from when they first received the offer sheet to decide.
The Lakers need to notify Turiaf and/or his agent by Friday afternoon of their intentions, and as of 4 p.m. Wednesday there wasn’t anything to announce.
“No decision yet,” agent Mark Bartelstein said in an email.
“Nothing to report,” said Lakers spokesman John Black.
RealGM: Ronny Turiaf’s deal is structured in a “slightly frontloaded” manner, according to agent Mark Bartelstein, which will make matching the deal even more problematic for the Lakers.
Assuming Turiaf’s salary for next season is around $5 million, the Lakers would effectively be paying $10 million for a backup who would receive limited playing time behind Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
Bartelstein said the Lakers have not given him any indication on whether they will match the Warriors’ offer, which includes a player option for the fourth year. Under the rules of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, the Los Angeles Lakers have seven days (through Thursday, July 17) to match the Warriors’ offer.
RealGM: The Golden State Warriors have signed restricted free agent forward Ronny Turiaf to an offer sheet, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin announced today. Per team policy, terms of the offer sheet were not announced.
Under the rules of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, the Los Angeles Lakers have seven days (through Thursday, July 17) to match the Warriors’ offer.
I honestly don’t see the Lakers matching the offer. If they don’t, Turiaf will be a Warrior – although we here in Los Angeles already knew he was just that. Very fitting. We love you Ronny wherever you end up…
Press Enterprise: Lakers forward-center Ronny Turiaf agreed to a four-year, $17 million offer from the Golden State Warriors, according to two league sources. Turiaf is a restricted free agent. The Lakers have seven days to match the Warriors’ offer.
Also, the Warriors are set to sign Maggette as well. The L.A. Times says Mags contract is worth 50 million…
In Maggette, 28, the Warriors acquired a player they have had their eye on for some time. He joins guard Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson in the Warriors backcourt, making up one of the highest-scoring perimeter trios in the league.