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Report: Turkoglu has $3.5 million offer to play in Turkey

Aug 27, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

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As of right now, Hedo Turkoglu is a member of the Orlando Magic, he is under contract to them. The question is will he be one when training camp starts.

He’s not going to play much in Orlando — they are a rebuilding team playing their young guys and the 13-year NBA veteran is not part of that future (nor that helpful when he does play). Last season he only got in 11 games for the Magic and averaged 2.9 points a game on 26.4 percent shooting when he did play (he also served a 20-game suspension for testing positive for a PED).

Turkoglu is owed $12 million this season although he could be bought out for $6 million before training camp. The question for the Magic is simple: Is Turkoglu the potential trade deadline asset (teams might take on his salary now to reduce future costs) worth $6 million?

If Orlando does buy out Turkoglu he will have comfortable landing spot in his native Turkey, reports Turkish basketball writer Can Pelister.

Turkoglu has said he wants to stay in the NBA and try to reach 1,000 games played, which would mean pretty much two full seasons. Let’s be kind and call that unlikely. More likely if the Magic buy him out his NBA career ends.

Fenerbahce Ulker is one of Europe’s better franchises; the Istanbul side is a regular part of the continent-wide EuroLeague. Hedo would be a returning hero there. It might be the best outcome for all involved.

  1. jimthebuilder27 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Having this guy owed 12 million for his play (and also trading for Gilbert Arenas) is a textbook example of why Otis Smith is no longer an NBA GM.

    • adoombray - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Otis Smith didnt sign him to the contract. Bryan Collangelo did. (who was a two time executive of the year the season before signing him). Ryan McDonough traded for it. He has also since been fired (although that was mostly because of beasley) Ya’ll got Jason Richardson with him, who was actually a really good player with the Magic. It’s the NBA, you have to take on bad contracts for good players in trades. Otis deserves plenty of criticism, but taking on a crap contract of a guy who once played hard for you and scoring a starting guard like J.Rich was actually really good move for the Magic. Richardson was traded as as part of the Howard package, and ya’ll got Vucevic back – who will be a top 5 center in this league. Ask Philly how much they miss him.

      So with all the other parts aside, Taking on Turkoglu’s crap contract scored you Vucevic, Mo Harkless (another star in the making) and Arron Afflalo who is also a great player.

  2. jimeejohnson - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    We’ll see how much he likes an authentic sheesh-ka-bob.

  3. saint1997 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    He looks so much like Tas Melas

  4. 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    ORL says help them secretly slide 25% of the buyout money under the table to them and they will personally pack up Hedo’s belongings, pay for them to be shipped out on a boat, AND pay for his first-class one-way plane ticket to Turkey!

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