Timberwolves sign Turiaf; AK to the Nets
Garbage time, blown calls, awesome plays, victory celebrations: All of these just got a lot more fun, because Flip Saunders has signed the exceptionally enthusiastic, spectacularly bearded Ronny Turiaf for two-years and $3.2 million. (That’s the veterans’ minimum in case you were worried.) Turiaf isn’t really a good player or anything; I’d quote you some stats but there’s not really much to see. He’s a nice guy to turn to if your team needs a burst of frantic energy, or if your coach wants to change the flow of the game by making it suddenly frazzled and chaotic or to change up the defensive looks on an opposing power forward. Mostly, though, Turiaf is a bright, pulsing orb of positive vibes. That is a nice thing to have.
Here’s Turiaf doing an awesome crazy dance:
Here’s another one:
Here he is reacting to a bad call:
Here he is airballing a free throw:
In other news, Andrei Kirilenko has signed with the Nets and is scheduled to make $3.1 million next year. If you have been following the story, you know that this represents a seven million dollar paycut from what AK was scheduled to make with the Wolves this season and is $2 million less than the mid-level-ish deal the Wolves had reportedly offered him earlier this week. Now, some people will tell you that this shows that AK “wanted to
come off the bench play for a contender” or that he just really loved the idea of being paid by a Russian oligarch or that the Target Center locker rooms were too small or something. But I ask you: have you ever known an NBA player to intentionally leave $7 million on the table for any reason whatsoever? Neither have I. (Also, I have my doubts about the Nets as “contenders.”) No, if you ask me, this simply represents a massive miscalculation on the part of Kirilenko and his agent. They believed he would command a multi-year deal in free agency and they were wrong. Boy, I sure wish the Wolves could have had him for $3.1 million.