Walton agrees to two-year deal to stay with Lakers

Updated: July 13, 2005, 10:10 PM ET
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Los Angeles Lakers: Free agent Luke Walton has agreed to terms with the Lakers on a two-year deal, his agent, Lon Babby told ESPN Insider Chad Ford on Wednesday.

Walton played sparingly for the Lakers last season, but he's a favorite of head coach Phil Jackson because of his passing ability and understanding of the triangle offense.

With the Lakers talking trade with the Wizards concerning a Caron Butler for Kwame Brown swap, there might be more time opening up at the small forward position for Walton next season.

  • Second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf has signed a contract with the Lakers.

    Turiaf, the 37th overall selection in last month's draft, was the West Coast Conference player of the year as a senior at Gonzaga last season, averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds. He ranks fourth in career scoring and rebounding at the school.

    The 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 14.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game for the Lakers' team in the Summer Pro League in Long Beach.

    Toronto Raptors: Charlie Villanueva and Joey Graham, the Raptors' two first-round draft picks, have minor injuries that will likely keep them out of the Minnesota summer league, the team said Wednesday.

    Villanueva, the seventh overall pick, has a strained right groin muscle, while Graham, the 16th pick, has a strained right calf. Both were injured during the Los Angeles summer league, which concluded Monday in Long Beach, Calif.

    The Minnesota league was to get under way Thursday. Both players will be in Minneapolis through the weekend's games to work with the team's medical staff.

    The Raptors, who finished 2-2 in Los Angeles, will play five games in Minnesota.

    Pape Sow, a restricted free agent, is expected to play for Toronto in Minneapolis, as is second-round draft pick Uros Slokar and Omar Cook, who had a brief stint with the Raptors at the end of the 2004-05 season.

    Seattle SuperSonics: The Sonics on Wednesday announced they have signed director of basketball operations Dave Pendergraft to a multi-year contract extension.

    Pendergraft joined the Sonics as a scout in 1999 and was promoted to his current position in July 2001.

    Before working for the Sonics, Pendergraft was director of player personnel for the New Jersey Nets for three seasons.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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