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Winderman: The “Take my Turkoglu, please” trade deadline

Mar 9, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu AP

The shame of the NBA trading deadline is that it does not follow the post-Christmas “Boxing Day” tradition of Canada and other countries, where you spend the day after sorting out the junk from the actual gifts.

In the NBA, it remains an all-in-one process, which is why, in this space over the past few days, you’ve read entries of, essentially, two(or more)-for-one packages that have been floated by potential deadline sellers.

Basically, the process has become a joke, a Henny Youngman-type joke, as in, “Take my Turkoglu, please.” (Kids, if you don’t get it, ask your parents or anyone who has vacationed in the Catskills.)

This is where the NBA, with its impending more-punitive luxury tax, has delivered us.

It is why some of the Dwight Howard speculation regarding deals that match up for Howard’s $18 million salary is wrong. The starting price in matching salaries is closer to $29 million, because you had better be prepared to take on Hedo Turkoglu‘s salary, as well.

Ditto for Andrew Bogut reportedly coming on the market, but only if Stephen Jackson rides out of town on a sidecar.

Or the Wizards’ current plus-one offer of JaVale McGee with Andray Blatche along for that ride.

Until now, the term “trade kicker” when it came to a move was the added salary percentage a player would get if dealt. Now it actually embodies, well, an actual body.

For a team like Orlando, it’s almost mandatory, because even if you remove Howard’s $19.5 million 2012-13 salary from their payroll, the Magic only would drop to $48 million against the cap, hardly room for a replacement. Take away Turkoglu’s $12 million for 2012-13 as well, and at least there is wiggle room for some type of post-Dwight replacement part.

The two (or more)-for-one sales are not unique only to the Magic, Bucks and Wizards. Virtually every team that lived large under the less-punitive tax of the previous collective-bargaining agreement now is left with at least one salary skeleton in its closet, in each case a player underperforming a contract that extends beyond this season.

Among the plus-ones who could find themselves along for the ride at Thursday’s NBA trading deadline (with their 2012-13 salaries):

Atlanta’s Marvin Williams ($8.3 million).
Charlotte’s DeSagana Diop ($7.3 million).
Denver’s Chris Andersen ($4.5 million).
Los Angeles Clippers’ Ryan Gomes ($4 million).
Los Angeles Lakers’ Luke Walton ($5.8 million).
Minnesota’s Darko Milicic ($5.2 million).
New Jersey’s Jordan Farmar ($4.3 million).
New Orleans’ Jarrett Jack ($5.4 million).
Phoenix’s Hakim Warrick ($4 million).
Sacramento’s Francisco Garcia ($6.1 million).
Utah’s Raja Bell ($3.5 million).

Remember, though, a player acquired in a trade cannot later be subjected to the “amnesty” provision. So a team acquiring such a player, provided it has not already utilized the one-time provision, could not then simply discard the “plus-one” player via amnesty.

No, he (or at least his salary-cap burden) becomes theirs to keep.

Much like “Boxing Day,” there could be plenty left curbside this coming Friday.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at @IraHeatBeat.

  1. gmen4life33 - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM


    Magic: Melo, Knicks Pick (get superstar under contract, for better superstar about to be FA)

    Warriors: Chandler, Shump or Fields (Warriors know Ellis/Curry dont work, this gets them Chandler, the defensive C they wanted in summer and good young guard)

    Nuggets: Ellis, Warriors Pick (get top 6 scorer in league, exactly what they need for playoffs)

    Knicks: Howard, Gallinari (get most dominate big man and young SF that fits with Lin’s style)

    expiring contracts / role players would have to be included, but I think this makes each team better (except Magic, it is impossible to get fair value for a FA to be superstar)

  2. lancer255 - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    This article is hysterical because all these contracts were laughable when they were given out. The NBA’s biggest issue was the ridiculous contracts that teams gave under performing players. To me until GMs stop paying mediocre talent $5mm it will not correct itself.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      You can’t possibly be suggesting that temas be held accountable for their poor decision making. That’s insane. We should have labor subsidize their mistakes.

  3. isujames - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    if you think thats hysterical look at some of the baseball contracts.

  4. darealrandolph - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I saw the game and it just looked like he wanted to talk to the ref. Wasn’t angry or anything.

    I’ve seen “stars” touch the refs. Oh well. Turkoglu, if only you sold sneakers or appeared in commercials…

  5. vstyle23 - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    ? Wrong story. Anyways, the Magic should take a run at, dare I say, Kobe? The Lakers are rebuilding anyways

  6. knicks4life - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Chris Anderson is a beast

    • icu84bs - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:38 AM

      A beast of bird(en)…

  7. icu84bs - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Henny Youngman was hilarious through several iterations spanning the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s

    Line from earlier in career: ‘My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.’

    Line from later in career: ‘Reality is a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs’

  8. cantonbound13 - Mar 10, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Darko is still in the league?

  9. losangelasbasketball - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    lol @ luke walton and 5.8 million

  10. darealrandolph - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Dwight Howard will be a wearing a Nets uniform after the trade line why i will tell you why, melo wanted to be a new york he got new york,cp3 wanted big market he went to LA,LBJ and bosh went to south beach as free agents d-will and d12 want to play with each in Brooklyn/NYC so it will happen. Orlando magic have no choice to trade him to the nets or see him sign their as a free agent that 30 millions he leaving on the table is bullsh*t because he at age of 26 he will sign another max contract in his mid 30 plus Brooklyn will allow him to make some of his money off the court,new arena,NEW YORK CITY,new shoe deal form Adidas similar to d-rose deal got in Chicago,Jay z, Adidas are working on Brooklyn Nets uniform finally the name Brooklyn is a brand

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