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Clippers Sign Ex-Lakers Forward Ronny Turiaf

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France's player Ronny Turiaf eyes the ball during the basketball match France vs Australia, in Strasbourg, eastern France, on July 23, 2012 as part of the preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.    (Photo credit PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/GettyImages)

France’s player Ronny Turiaf eyes the ball during the basketball match France vs Australia, in Strasbourg, eastern France, on July 23, 2012 as part of the preparation for the London 2012 Olympics. (Photo credit PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/GettyImages)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent forward Ronny Turiaf. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

A seven-year NBA veteran and native of the Caribbean island of Martinique, Turiaf is currently playing in the 2012 London Olympics for the French National Team. Turiaf, 29, appeared in a total of 17 regular season games last season with the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat. He played in 12 playoff games while helping the Heat to the NBA Championship.

The 6-foot-10 inch Turiaf has appeared in a total of 375 career NBA games, averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks while shooting 53 percent from the field in 17.9 minutes. Originally drafted by the Lakers with the 37th overall selection of the 2005 NBA Draft after a stand-out career at Gonzaga University, Turiaf was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2004-05 and left Gonzaga as the fourth leading scorer in school history.

In the NBA, Turiaf has also played for the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks and grabbed a career-high 4.6 rebounds per game in 2008-09 with the Warriors while starting 26 of the 79 games he appeared in.

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