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Magic keep paying Turkoglu to stay away from team

Sep 27, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

Hedo Turkoglu could make $12 million to sit on his couch this season.

The Orlando Magic can waive him and only have to pay $6 million, but they have until Jan. 10 to make that call. In the mean time they  want to keep him around as a potential trade chip, so he is still on the roster.

But that doesn’t mean they want him around the team, reports Joshua Robins at the Orlando Sentinel.

Although team officials and Turkoglu’s camp have not reached a buyout deal, both sides have agreed that Turkoglu will not be with the team when it convenes for the start of training camp Tuesday or at any time after that.

Orlando is going to try to move him up until Jan. 10, then if they haven’t they will let him go (or they could agree to a buyout for less than $6 million, if Turkoglu would be amenable). Turkoglu reportedly has an offer waiting to play in his native Turkey this season if he wants it.

Turkoglu was key to Orlando’s 2009 Finals run, but his game has deteriorated sharply since. Last season he broke his hand on opening night, them upon his return in February faced a 20-game league suspension for testing positive for a banned substance (which, of course, he said he took without knowing).

Orlando is trying to rebuild with youth — guys like Tobias Harris, who plays the four — and Turkoglu is just not part of the plans.

So he will be paid at least $6 million to sit at home during the day, eat bon bons and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns. Doesn’t sound like that bad a life to me.

  1. 00maltliquor - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Harris is a 3 foo’, just like Turkoglu, the guy he’s replacing in the lineup. Go ‘head, block this comment too.

  2. jimeejohnson - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Not bon-bons: kabobs, shawarmas, and baklavas.

  3. themagicfanguy - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    @Malt Incorrect. Harris is a 4 who will play the 3 only when the Magic go big and shift Harkless to the 2.

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      You’re smoking.

      Harris will shift to the 4 when you guys want to go small. Watch.

    • cmehustle - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Harris can play both positions. He’s kind of a tweener, who when Harkless is on the floor will play the 4. Most teams in the NBA play small ball so he’ll be fine there.

  4. themagicfanguy - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    @Malt He will be the default 4 in our lineup, this is known. He will shift to 3 sometimes, but will be a 4 primarily. You e watched one Magic game in the past year? Two? Well I’ve watched them all, and Harris is a better mismatch at 4.

  5. galdar30 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Magic (more like Orlando Tragic) this organization has the habbit of letting good players and coaches go. You can not win a chip that way. Owners need to sell team I never muched cared for them. Magic will most likely suck long long time.

  6. themagicfanguy - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    @Galdar How about you learn English, then you can come back and insult the Magic? Deal.

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