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Magic expected to waive or trade Hedo Turkoglu by Jan. 7

Dec 25, 2013, 8:00 AM 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 probably isn’t on anyone’s radar outside of Orlando, mainly because he hasn’t played a game for the Magic or been around the team in any capacity at all since the season began.

Turkoglu isn’t a part of the team’s future plans, so they essentially told him to get lost — while being paid, of course, on a contract that is only partially guaranteed for the current season.

But a rebuilding franchise doesn’t want to commit salary unnecessarily, so rather than pay Turkoglu more than they need to not to play for them, the Magic will more than likely cut him loose one way or another before they’re on the hook for additional dollars.

From Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Rather than cut Turkoglu, who is in the final year of his contract, team officials have kept him on the roster because his contract is an asset that potentially could be used in a trade and net the Magic an asset in return.

Still, the Magic won’t keep Turkoglu beyond Jan. 7. …

In other words, if the Magic have Turkoglu on their roster on Jan. 8 and waive him that day, he will not clear waivers before the time his contract becomes fully guaranteed. And, therefore, the Magic would be obligated to pay him $12 million instead of $6 million.

The question becomes whether or not the Magic can pull off a deal that includes Turkoglu’s expiring contract before then — one that improves the team either immediately or in the future, but also fits with its rebuilding plans.

  1. pudgalvin - Dec 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Gold star if you knew Turkoglu was still in the league.

  2. pike573 - Dec 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I definitely did not. “Huh, he’s still in the league?”

  3. 00maltliquor - Dec 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    You’ve GOT to be kidding me! I thought he was already waived. Wow.

  4. wsuperman4445 - Dec 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    If the Magic are serious about waiving him they had better start a more positve campaign on promoting him. you know that old saying someones treasure being someone else trash or something like that…

    • muhangis - Dec 25, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      not Turkoglu.

  5. rohlo - Dec 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Bet he ends up in Houston …..

  6. edwardemanuelson - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    The Nets, Knicks or Clippers will grab him.

    • money2long - Dec 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      how about a team looking for a stretch big man that likes to fire 3s. he can handle the rock too, thought i’d throw that in. meh

  7. herkulease - Dec 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    What team is stupid enough to trade, even for an expiring contract of a guy that hasn’t seen any game action, not even garbage time. He played a total of 11 games last year.

    Orlando has to throw in more than just an expiring contract. For a team that’s rebuilding that’s just too much to ask.

    Orlando should just cut their lost and move on. 6 million is still a good amount of money to save.

  8. themagicfanguy - Dec 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    He would probably be packaged in a deal with Afflalo, Nelson, or Glen Davis.

  9. spursareold - Dec 25, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Pretty Dumb move by ORL. If you want to get something for him, you need to showcase him. Either that, or cut him before the season. Customary buyout is 50%, which is what they ended up paying him anyway. Keeping him on the roster and away from the team because he wouldnt agree to an el cheapo buyout strikes me, and probably a lot of agents, as extremely petty.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      In the case of Turkey Glue, showcasing isn’t something that you want to do if you want a shot at trading him. He’s best off being hid so that when it comes time to trade, the buyer is going off of nostalgia from Turkey’s past and not what he can actually do now. He’s awful now.

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Love Joel, but Joel Anthony.

    • casualcommenter - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      Dumb trade from the Magic’s perspective.

      Joel Anthony is an undersized center who can’t rebound getting paid $3.8 million this year and next year ($7.6 million total). The Magic can waive Turkoglu this year and pay $6 million to get him off their books with no cap commitment next year.

      The Magic’s young center Nick Vucevic is already way better than Anthony and still under his rookie deal, so the Magic have no reason to take on additional an salary commitment in a trade for a player they would never play.

      Heat would have to throw in a draft pick to make it worth considering.

  11. muhangis - Dec 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    This guy has made $45 million for doing absolutely nothing the last four years. Amazes me how severely dumb some GM’s are.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      ……or how crafty some of these agents are!

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