Heat get big-man help, sign Ronny Turiaf

TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer Published:

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat have signed veteran center Ronny Turiaf, who has missed much of this season with a broken left hand.

Turiaf and the Heat completed a deal on Wednesday. He will likely practice with his team for the first time on Thursday and could debut as early as Friday when Miami plays at Detroit.

The Heat have been looking for inside help for several weeks, and had an open roster spot to accommodate the move. Turiaf played in only four games earlier this season for Washington, the last of those appearances coming Jan. 1. He was traded to Denver earlier this month and waived.

The 6-foot-10 Turiaf has averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State, New York and the Wizards.