Tag: Ronny Turiaf

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76ers were third team in Corey Brewer trade, send Alexey Shved to Rockets


When the Rockets and Timberwolves agreed on the trade that sent Corey Brewer to Houston, they didn’t immediately finalize the deal. Houston wanted to find a third team to take Ronny Turiaf, who’s injured and out for the season.

Surprise, surprise, that third team was the 76ers.

76ers release:

The Philadelphia 76ers announced that they have acquired Houston’s 2015 second round pick, forward Ronny Turiaf and the rights to Sergei Lishouk (sir-GAY Leesh-CHUK) in exchange for guard Alexey Shved.

A nine-year-veteran, Turiaf has posted career averages of five points, four rebounds and one block per game on 53% shooting from the field.

Lishouk was originally the 49th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Dei Lynam of CSN Philly:

According to a source, the Sixers will waive Turiaf in order to create another roster spot.

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Because the 76ers are under the salary floor, paying Turiaf costs them nothing but the opportunity to take another player in similar circumstances. The only penalty for falling short of the floor is paying the difference, so the 76ers had to spend that money regardless. This way, they get a draft pick in the process.

Philadelphia now has three 2015 second rounders – the Warriors’, Magic’s, Pelicans’ and Rockets’ with its own almost certainly headed to the Celtics. Those picks could be useful in a number of ways – stocking the roster full of young players incapable of winning, packaging them in a trade or selling them on draft night to recoup some of the lost revenue from a miserable season.

For the Rockets, they get the dead weight of Turiaf’s $1.5 million salary off their books. Plus, Shved provides guard depth. They probably hope this adds flexibility for another trade before the deadline, and a second rounder is a small price to pay for leaving that door open.

Minnesota’s Ronny Turiaf has hip surgery, done for season

Minnesota Timberwolves Media Day

It wasn’t going to be easy for Ronny Turiaff to get minutes this season in Minnesota anyway. Nikola Pekovic was starting and the team rightfully is high on Gorgui Dieng behind him. Turiaf was in the third slot. But with Pekovic out much of the season (and likely not back until after the first of the year) there were minutes to be had.

But Turiaff couldn’t get healthy enough to take advantage. He’s battled a hip issue all season, only 19 minutes total from two games, and now he has undergone surgery to correct the hip problem, the team announced Tuesday.

Look for the Timberwolves to cut Turiaf loose at some point so they can free up a roster spot, reports Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune.

Turiaf’s contract — with a $1.6 million salary — expires after this season. (Timberwolves GM) Flip Saunders said this morning the team would waive Turiaf and pay him his remaining owed money “if there’s the right person available.”

That could be just keeping around forward Jeff Adrien, whose current 10-day roster exception spot runs through Friday. Or it could be a guard such as D League sharpshooter Brady Heslip, who was with the Wolves in training camp.

This saddens me as Turiaf is one of my personal favorite players around the league. You have to love the guys that just hustle and look like they are having a good time on the court. After needing heart surgery before he could play a minute after being drafted by the Lakers, it gave him a great perspective on just how fortunate he was that some players like. Not sure if we’ll see him playing in the league again, but it was fun to watch him.

Banged up Timberwolves add forward Jeff Adrien for depth

Houston Rockets v Orlando Magic

It’s been another injury-plagued year in Minnesota. The team’s starting offensive backcourt of Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin are out for an extended period. Up front they are without center Nikola Pekovic for at least a couple more weeks and his backup Ronny Turiaf will be out longer.

In the wake of that the league granted the Timberwolves a player exception to add a 16th man and they have used it to sign Jeff Adrien, the team announced Saturday.

Adrien did not make a roster this season and split last season between Charlotte and Milwaukee. With the Bucks he started 12 games and averaged 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds a game.

Adrien has the build and athleticism of an NBA player — he passes the eye test — and he works hard on the glass. However he has no offensive range and doesn’t take many shots. Last season with Charlotte, for example, when he got in a game he averaged just 1.6 shots a contest but 82 percent of them were within the restricted area (dunks and layups). He’s a guy other teams are not afraid to help off.

That said, the Timberwolves need bodies up front and they could do worse than Adrien.

Kyrylo Fesenko wants to make Timberwolves roster so he can bring family over from Ukraine

Minnesota Timberwolves Media Day

Kyrylo Fesenko is a long-shot to make the Timberwolves roster. They come into camp loaded at center with Nikola Pekovic as the starter, then Ronny Turiaf and Gorgui Dieng behind him.

But Fesenko has motivation to make the roster. Not just getting a nice NBA payday, but something far more serious. Jerry Zgoda has the details at the Star Tribune (hat tip Ball Don’t Lie).

Fesenko says he wants to reclaim an NBA job so he can bring his mother, wife and other relatives to the United States from his hometown in Ukraine, the divided, strife-torn Eastern European country in which Fesenko was born on Christmas Eve 1986 and raised.

His hometown of Dnipropetrovsk is far from the disputed portions of Ukraine, a four-hour drive that has brought refugees but no fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists to the industrial central region of the country where his mother and wife live. Fesenko and his wife were married in June.

That’s pressure.

Timberwolves president Flip Saunders was fair, saying he may not make the Minnesota roster but he would get a chance to showcase what he can do for other teams. By the end of camp there is a chance someone may want his services, although he has spent the past few seasons overseas.

As for being a hawk or dove in his native country, Fesenko spoke like someone who had seen war on his doorstep not as something you send drones off to do in a far-away land.

“I think war is the outdated solution to any conflict,” said Fesenko, a 2007 second-round pick by Philadelphia who was traded to Utah and played four seasons for the Jazz. He hasn’t played regularly in the NBA since 2011. “It’s just ridiculous and stupid and I’m very worried about my mom, my wife, all my friends. Two of my friends already enlisted in the army and I really don’t want that to happen. I’m all up for fighting the good cause, but I just don’t want to lose any of my childhood friends.”

NBA’s Basketball Without Borders campaign to reach out to Taiwan, Italy, South Africa

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Basketball is a global game. It’s in the NBA’s interest to nurture that — not just going to the places that it’s already popular but to go to places where promoting the game is a challenge. These are camps for top young players and nurturing them is important, more importantly you might be able to unite some youth who might otherwise have been at odds, and you do it through sport.

That’s what Basketball without Borders is for the league. The NBA and some of its star players run clinics for youth players around the globe — 28 future NBA players have come out of those camps for the best in their countries

The league announced the stops for this summer: Taipei, Taiwan; Rome, Italy; Johannesburg, South Africa.

Rome is first up and in the Eternal City from June 2-5 will be Italian stars Danilo Gallinari (New York Knicks), Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks), and Italian national team captain Gigi Datome, as well as Brandon Knight (Milwaukee Bucks) and Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks). They will work with 50 young players from around Europe.

“Basketball without Borders helped me become the player and man I am today, both on and off the court,” Gallinari said in a released statement. “Learning basketball and life skills from NBA players and coaches is a special opportunity that I greatly appreciated in 2003, and that I know this year’s campers will greatly appreciate. I look forward to bringing the amazing BWB program back to Italy with some of my fellow countrymen, and to coaching some of the most talented teenagers in Europe. I can’t wait to get started.”

BWB then heads to Taipei from June 13 – 16 with John Salmons (Toronto Raptors), Ronny Turiaf (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Bobcats), plus NBA legend Yao Ming will make an appearance. There will be 50 top young players from around Asia.

Finally BWB Africa will return to Johannesburg for the 11th time from August 5 – 8. Attending the camp will be Andrei Kirilenko (Brooklyn Nets) and Thabo Sefolosha (Oklahoma City Thunder), along with NBA head coaches Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Brian Shaw (Denver Nuggets), Jeff Hornacek (Phoenix Suns) plus NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo. They will work with 60 players from around Africa.

This is one of the league’s great international programs, it’s great to see it grow for this year.