Friday , Jan , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers, Turiaf agree to deal

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers and forward Ronny
Turiaf have reportedly agreed in principle on a contract.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Turiaf will join the team by
Monday, ending any speculation that the former Gonzaga star will sign with a
professional club in Spain.

Turiaf, who played nine games with the Yakama Sun Kings of the CBA, underwent
open-heart surgery during the summer. He had to repair an enlarged aortic
heart and is making a strong comeback for the NBA.

He was selected in the second round (37th overall) in this past June’s draft.
As a senior with Gonzaga last season, the 6-10 Turiaf was named West Coast
Conference Player of the Year after he averaged 15.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.7
assists and 1.9 blocked shots.

The 23-year-old Turiaf, who grew up in the Caribbean, finished his collegiate
career as Gonzaga’s all-time leader in free throws made (643).