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Turkoglu actually wants to go to Sacramento

Jun 8, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for turkoglu_game.jpgWith all due respect to the great Tom Ziller, not many people choose Sacramento.

It’s a place people end up. It’s a seat of power (California’s capital), but as a metropolitan center, well… let’s just say it’s lacking. You don’t hear major free agents to be raving about the nightlife in Sac Town. Not like in, say, Toronto.

But Hedo Turkoglu is not like most people. He wants out of Toronto and to return to Sacramento and is telling his friends around the league that, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.

Turkoglu wants to be traded, I want to drive a Maserati. Life’s tough that way. The reality is Turkoglu will be hard to move anywhere. Nobody really wants to take on his crappy contract– four years left starting at $9.8 million and going up to $12 million. Plus, everybody knows he wants to be traded so they are going to stick it to Brian Colangelo in negotiations.

To make a deal, the Raptors are going to have to take on some crappy contracts. What a great selling tool to keep Chris Bosh in town. In the case of Sacramento, they would likely try to ship Andres Nocioni and parts in any deal with Toronto, Wojnarowski speculates. That sounds about right. And terrible.

Besides, Sacramento has a young core with Tyreke Evans to build around, young players that can grow up in the league together. Turkoglu is 31 years old and expensive. Not exactly a good fit, even if the Kings do need someone at the three spot.

Turkoglu is going to find reality is not as much fun as driving a Maserati.

  1. Dallas - Jun 8, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    it’s Bryan, not Brian.

  2. Tony Montero - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    as a Sacramento Kings Fan I would love to See Hedo in a Kings Jersey agian , We love Hedo. Toronto Gets Cisco Garcia ,Noci , the # 33rd pick For Hedo ,Derozan , and the 13th Pick. it would work out for both teams if that deal went down. thats the only way the Kings would take on Hedo Contract. Hedo does not want to be in Toronto he wants to be in Sacramento. also other team are not interested in Hedo Bad Contract . I think if a Trade went down Sacramento might pull the Trigger on a Trade i Mentioned above.

  3. Marz - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Sorry the Raptors don’t want to lose both DeRozan and the 13th pick in exchange for 2 out of 3 of Sac’s bad contracts and a second rounder. We’d rather keep Hedo at the end of the bench.

  4. Shrugz - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Beggers can’t be choosers Hedo
    For someone who said his wife liked Toronto (wife spent very little time there)
    His words mean nothing absolutely nothing
    he got his contract and now wants to be traded
    he played terribly and expected to be cheered?
    No dice Hedo
    Not everyone gets what they wish for just ask everyone else in the world

  5. dave - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    tony are you saying toronto gives up derozan and the 13th pick with hedo for some craptacular players? if you just said that you’re a retard, colangelo isn’t going to trade derozan, the kid has too much potential

  6. SG - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    @ Tony – HAHA
    “The only way the Kings would take on Hedo contract”?!?! The ones you’re giving back aren’t great either.
    And while I realize they aren’t as bad as Hedo’s, to suggest the Raps give up Derozan AND the 13th pick is absolutely rubbish.

  7. Dude - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    honestly, Tony’s proposed idea DOES make sense, when considering Hedo’s contract goes up every year from 9.8 to 12 mil a year over the course of 4 years. That, combined with the CBA coming up, significantly lowering player’s salaries makes his contract even more atrocious. The Raps are going to have to deal someone they like to get rid of that horrible contract. IMHO though, Hedo is too old, and doesnt exactly fill any needs for the Kings right now who are stacked at the wing positions in Garcia, Casspi, and Greene. So no thanks, Toronto can keep their garbage.

  8. AJ - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    woooooooooowww…. if you are giving back Noci and Garcia, there is no way u are getting either DD of #13.

  9. gd - Jun 8, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    No, it DOESN’T make sense. Here’s why:
    Toronto is likely going to be rebuilding following the Bosh trade. Who starts a rebuild by trading away their top young player and a lottery pick? Turkoglu is a better player than Nocioni (though it’s close), despite his off-year, and DeRozan is a better player than Garcia with much, much more upside. And over the next two years, the Raptors would actually be paying more to Garcia and Nocioni than they would to Turkoglu and Derozan. So you’re asking the Raptors to take on more short-term salary, worse players, give up on Derozan’s significant upside, AND give up a lottery draft pick, just so they can save money in years four and five of Hedo’s contract? One point I agree with you on, though: Hedo would be a brutal fit with the Kings as well; by his own admission he’s worse playing off the ball, which makes him an awful fit next to Evans. So tell me again, how does that deal make sense?
    I think he ends up playing for Toronto at the beginning of next year. By the end of next season, he’ll either be reconciled with the franchise, bought out, or traded to another team (not Sacramento).

  10. daneo - Jun 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    There will be no trade for there is a bad trade!
    Sit on the bench, Turkapoo!

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