NBA Free Agency: Los Angeles Lakers Sign Theo Ratliff

Alexander LContributor IJuly 22, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 18:  Theo Ratliff #42 of the Charlotte Bobcats gets the opening tip over Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic after being tossed into the air by official Dan Crawford  #43 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on April 18, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have announced today that they have signed 15-year veteran center Theo Ratliff. 

Ratliff will take the roster spot that opened up with D.J. "Congo Cash" Mbenga's departure.  Ratliff is a superior defensive talent for his age and will be a welcome addition to the Laker bench. 

Here is what Ratliff had to say about his new team:

“I’ve had a long and very rewarding career, and joining a storied and legendary franchise such as the Lakers adds an even more special element...I look forward to playing for Coach Jackson and with great players such as Kobe, Derek, Pau, Lamar, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum, and all my other new teammates, and hopefully to helping the Lakers win a third straight championship.”

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak also had high remarks about the acquistion:

“Theo has long been considered to be one of the best defensive big men in the league...He is a consummate professional and a welcome addition to our team. Together with Bynum, Gasol, Odom and Artest, he gives us a formidable and deep front line.”

What do you think about Theo Ratliff's signing?