Contract Status: Restricted free agent
During stretches last season, Turiaf was arguably the Lakers’ most reliable player off the bench as the forward-center averaged seven points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of play. However, after Bynum went down with injury, Ronny was forced to play as an undersized center until the team traded for Gasol. The shifting of positions limited Turiaf’s game on both ends of the floor as he was often matched up against players that were much larger and taller than he. Still, only so much blame can be extended on the former Gonzaga player as Ronny was easily the Lakers’ most reliable big man off the bench.
If Ronny is back with in the purple and gold uniform next season, he figures to benefit greatly from the return of Bynum at the five spot. While he’ll no doubt be relied upon to back up Andrew from time to time, Turiaf should see more playing time at his much more natural four spot. Last season, Ronny came into camp with an improved outside shot—even drawing comparisons to Horace Grant. However, this offseason, Turiaf would be wise to work on his rebounding game after averaging only 1.4 a game in this year’s playoffs.