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.
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.
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.