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Ronny Turiaf bolsters Miami Heat's depth

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Ronny Turiaf has missed most of this season after sustaining a hand fracture in January.
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Free agent Ronny Turiaf finalized an agreement with the Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.

Turiaf, a 6-foot-10 forward, gives the Heat a strong rebounding and defensive presence as they fortify themselves for an NBA title run. Turiaf is another tough, experienced veteran who will help defend the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The deal was announced Wednesday.

After acquiring Turiaf as part of a three-team deal from the Washington Wizards at the league trade deadline, the Denver Nuggets bought out his contract and he cleared waivers on Tuesday.

Turiaf, 29, has missed most of this season after sustaining a hand fracture in early January, playing just four games with the Wizards. Turiaf averaged four points and three rebounds in 64 games for the New York Knicks a season ago.

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