Lakers sign veteran C Theo Ratliff
LOS ANGELES (AP)
Ratliff said Thursday he'll join the two-time defending NBA champions as a backup to 7-foot stars Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
The 15-year pro played 49 games last season with San Antonio and Charlotte, averaging 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. He revived his career while starting 26 games with the Bobcats, averaging 5.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.54 blocked shots.
The Lakers will be the 37-year-old Ratliff's ninth NBA team. The defensive specialist had his most productive seasons with Philadelphia, averaging a career-best 12.4 points in 2000-01.