But will he?
We just spoke with Ronny after he met with Lakers coach Phil Jackson and general manager Mitch Kupchak for his season-ending exit interview. Ronny was pretty unequivocal in saying his personal preference would be to stay in LA –he’s a restricted free agent — but that he wasn’t sure what the future would bring.
“If they want me here, I for sure would be more than happy to keep on going on this journey I started about three years ago with all my teammates,” he said. “I built relationships here that are very strong and it would be tough for me to say goodbye to that. But when it comes down to it, this is a business decision for both sides. They have to worry about salary cap issues and I have to find the best situation for me as far as playing time, also as far as the financial situation.
I’m hoping to be here. You can write that in big, capital letters: Ronny Turiaf would like to be a Laker. We shall see what happens, I can’t see the future.”