NBA Free Agents: Theo Ratliff To the Lakers, Matt Barnes as Well

July 22nd, 2010 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »

It’s official.  The Lakers have just signed 37 year-old Theo Ratliff to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary of $1.35 million.

The 15-year veteran is best known for his defensive work in the post.  He has averaged 2.4 blocked shots per game in his career and led the league three times in the category.

Ratliff, who will backup Andrew Bynum, ranks 18th in NBA history with 1,963 blocks.  It may be a bit of a stretch, but I’m sure the Lakers hope he can reach the 2,000 mark playing limited minutes.

After seeing very limited minutes most of last season with San Antonio, where he averaged only 1.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 21 games, Ratliff was traded to Charlotte and started games, averaging 5.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots in 22.3 minutes a game.

For his career, Ratliff has averaged 7.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.45 blocks and 25.5 minutes with the Pistons, 76ers, Hawks, Trail Blazers, Timberwolves, Spurs and Bobcats.

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