Turiaf Joins Miami, Diaw Freed

22 March 2012

EUROPEANS IN THE NBA

Boris Diaw (France)
France internationals Ronny Turiaf and Boris Diaw (pictured) could very well meet in the NBA Finals, with the former moving to Miami and the latter free to sign with a title contender such as San Antonio

Ronny Turiaf has found a new home with the Miami Heat while fellow France international Boris Diaw is looking for a club.

Turiaf, let go by the Denver Nuggets after being acquired in a recent trade with the Washington Wizards, now has a legitimate shot at an NBA title as a member of the one of the most talented sides in the world.

He has joined LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

"We are very happy to be able to add an experienced veteran center at this stage of the season," said Heat president Pat Riley.

"Ronny's energy will be a great addition and bolster our front line."

A hand injury had limited Turiaf to just four games with the Wizards.

Just as he was set to return to action, the club included the seven-year NBA veteran in a trade package that landed him at Denver last week, with Brazil center Nene moving to Washington.

But the Nuggets let Turiaf go, allowing him up to find a new club.

Turiaf was about to play for France last summer when he broke his hand at the London Invitational Tournament.

He was not on the roster at the EuroBasket but was with the team in Lithuania as they captured a silver medal.

Turiaf is hoping to make his Olympic debut this summer in London.

Diaw, meanwhile, had fallen out of favor with the Charlotte Bobcats and asked for the club to buy out his contract.

On Wednesday, Charlotte agreed to waive the versatile forward.

Diaw had played to rave reviews during his time with the Phoenix Suns and former Bobcats coach Larry Brown was keen to have him in Charlotte.

The 29-year-old started in a franchise-record 258 games for Charlotte but with the Bobcats losing, he was benched on 6 March.

There is speculation that Diaw could move to San Antonio and link up with another French international, Tony Parker.


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