In an apparent move to free up cap space for the Tyson Chandler signing, the New York Knicks are trading forward/center Ronny Turiaf to the Washington Wizards fr future considerations, according to the NY Post:
The Knicks are in the final stages of sending Ronny Turiaf’s $4.2 million contract to Washington and could be completed tonight, according to sources.
It does not appear the Knicks would receive anything in return and will likely have to give the Wizards cash to pay for part of his pact. Though the Knicks could get back a trade exception.
The Knicks are said to also be waiving point guard Chauncey Billups via the amnesty clause. Turiaf was acquired by the Knicks in a trade with the Warriors in 2010. Turiaf is in the last year of his deal and will be a free agent in 2012. Turiaf averaged 4.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.1 blocks. For his career, Turiaf have averaged 5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.4 bpg in six seasons playing for the Lakers and Warriors.
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