NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Ronny Turiaf #14 of the New York Knicks reacts against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The Washington Wizards appear to be on the verge of acquiring big man Ronny Turiaf from the New York Knicks. Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that Turiaf is on his way to D.C. in a Knicks salary dump. According to Berman, the Wizards won't be giving anything back and may actually also receive some cash in the deal.
Technically, the Wizards have to give something, but that something will not need to be of much value at all. They are under the cap and the Knicks need to dump salary in order to fit in Tyson Chandler.
Turiaf, averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in just over 17 minutes for the Knicks last season. He's essentially an energy player that can give you a spark and provide some toughness, but probably is exposed playing much more than that. He has just one year and $4.36 million left on his contract.
My first thought: nice job, Ernie.
UPDATE: Several players may need to be renounced in order to clear away their cap holds for this trade to happen. Michael Lee reports Othyus Jeffers may be one of those.