By Alexander Abnos
July 23, 2012

Ronny Turiaf Ronny Turiaf could follow up his NBA championship with a move to Spain (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)

When Ronny Turiaf turned down his player option to remain with the NBA champion Miami Heat, the decision turned some heads...even in Spain.

A Spanish-language report from says that Spanish league power Real Madrid is in the running to land the services of Turiaf, who appeared in 12 games and started seven after being acquired mid-season by the Heat. Turiaf would join former Blazers and Nuggest shooting guard Rudy Fernandez as new signings for Madrid, along with several members of the Spanish national team.

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