Asvel says New York Knicks center Ronny Turiaf will play for the French club during the NBA lockout, but Turiaf's agent said a few issues have to be settled before the veteran big man can take the floor.
Agent Mark Bartelstein stressed that Turiaf would like the opportunity to play for Avsel and suit up with fellow Frenchman Tony Parker, but "a number of things have to be worked out" regarding insurance on Turiaf's contract with the Knicks.
Turiaf told Asvel's website on Monday that he plans to arrive in France on Thursday and start practicing with the club this weekend.
But Bartlestein said on Monday night that his client needs to insure his $4.36 million contract with the Knicks before any deal can be finalized.
"If we can work everything out, then he'd love to play with Tony," Bartelstein said in a phone interview.
Turiaf also suffered a left hand injury that kept him from playing in this summer's European Championship, but Bartelstein says the injury is fully healed.
If and when the insurance issues are resolved, Turiaf will join Parker, the San Antonio Spurs guard who is a part owner of Asvel. Parker has also has agreed to play for the club during the lockout. Turiaf will be let out of the contract if the NBA settles its labor dispute.
If Turiaf joins Asvel, he will be the first Knick to suit up for a European team during the lockout.
Amare Stoudemire has received offers from European clubs but hasn't seriously considered the option yet. He said last week that he may reconsider if the lockout continues to drag on.
Nets guard Deron Williams is one of dozens of NBA players playing overseas during the lockout.
Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.