Whither Turiaf?

On July 11, 2008, in General, by Neil Stevens

So Turiaf has gotten an offer from Golden State for a frontloaded 4 years, $17 million. He’s a restricted free agent, though, so the Lakers can match it or let him go.

In the 80s it’d have been a no-brainer to keep him. He’d be a great enforcer. But now though, enforcers just get flagrant fouls, so we don’t need him in that role.

So the question becomes: Can Turiaf learn to defend without fouling all the time? If yes, keep him. If no, then move on. And I don’t really feel equipped to make that decision. If I’m Kupchak I get Phil and co. to tell me point blank if he’s going to improve.

He’s not critical though. The Lakers should start next year healthy, and so with no shortage of bigs.


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