Ronny Turiaf officially playing in France

In early November, Knicks center Ronny Turiaf was spotted on ASVEL Basket's team bench, supporting his fellow Frenchman and Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who's been playing in Villeurbanne during the lockout.

Well, since about two weeks ago, Turiaf has been teaming up with Parker, who coincidentally has been rumored to be on the Knicks' trade radar. Turiaf's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed with ESPNNewYork.com that his client signed a deal with ASVEL that comes with an opt-out clause, which enables the 6'10" center to return to the Knicks to play out his last year of his contract once a new CBA is ratified.

Wearing jersey No. 21 (former Utah Ute Kim Tillie wears No. 14), Turiaf tallied nine points, eight rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes in his debut, a 92-77 loss to SLUC Nancy on Nov. 8. In addition to Turiaf and Parker, ASVEL features a third recent NBA player, unrestricted free agent Hilton Armstrong, who played for the Hawks last season.

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