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.
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
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.