Wizards complete deal for Ronny Turiaf

For the second year in a row, the Wizards managed to fill a need by taking advantage of a team looking to make a big move in free agency. The Wizards assisted the New York Knicks in their efforts to acquire center Tyson Chandler by using their available salary cap space to take on Ronny Turiaf in a three-team deal that involved the Dallas Mavericks.


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The Wizards also received a 2012 second-round pick from Dallas in exchange for a 2012 protected second-round pick. The Knicks received Chandler and the rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis from Dallas, while the Mavericks got Andy Rautins from the Knicks.

There is no LeBron James in this free agent class, but Chandler was arguably the biggest catch. The Wizards utilized their cap space to make similar deals with James pursuers last season, acquiring Kirk Hinrich and $3 million from the Chicago Bulls and later Yi Jianlian and $3 million from the New Jersey Nets.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.

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