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NBA Rumors 2012: Gonzaga Star Ronny Turiaf Headed To Real Madrid?

Now we're at the point of the NBA free agency period where we're going to deal with the players who are just going to go anywhere. They might help out your team next season, but not likely compared to other big fish. Just figure them to be guys that you shouldn't consider all that essential to winning a championship.

One of those players is Ronny Turiaf, a perennial bench guy. Turiaf just won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat despite not doing all that much last season, averaging 1.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 12 games of playoff action.

The former Gonzaga star might be looking outside the United States to try and become more of a regular in a basketball rotation. Is Spain in his future? Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk files this report.

European power Real Madrid is in the running, according to a report out of Spain (via Hoopshype):

Turiaf likely is going to wait to see how the NBA market plays out over the next couple of weeks, as teams miss out on current targets his name will come up. These will be veteran minimum deals. But if nothing really materializes he is a member of the French national team who understands the international game and what is expected of him. And Real Madrid has some NBA talent on the roster, including Rudy Fernandez who just signed. Something to watch.


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