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Hedo Turkoglu still on trade block, still hopes to get back in NBA

Jan 2, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

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There have been a lot of trade rumors around Andrew Bynum — if a team trades for him then waives him by Jan. 7 (or if the Cavaliers waive him) they save $6 million on the salary cap.

Marc Stein at ESPN reminds us Bynum is not the only guy in this situation — Orlando has Hedo Turkoglu with a nearly identical contract. He gets $12 million for the season but just $6 million if waived by Jan. 7.

So far this season the Magic have basically paid Turkoglu to stay away from the team. However, the situations around these trades and what the teams want back are different, Stein notes.

The Cavaliers, despite their disastrous 10-21 start, still have playoff aspirations in the “Leastern Conference.” So they appear to be willing to add some salary in a Bynum trade if they can land a difference-making asset, as evidenced by Cleveland’s recent trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire $19.3 million man Pau Gasol.

Orlando is not in the same place. Although the Magic decided to keep Turkoglu on their roster through Jan. 7 just in case a trade of some sort materialized in which his contract was needed, they’re not chasing the likes of Gasol in support of a playoff push, which makes a trade even trickier for Orlando than it is for the Cavs to find a workable Bynum deal.

Like Bynum, Turkoglu doesn’t want this to be the end of his NBA career.

I’m told Turkoglu, incidentally, remains determined to relaunch his NBA career later this month when he is finally waived by the Magic or any other team that happens to trade for him in the next five days. The 34-year-old will become a free agent Jan. 10 after clearing waivers and has been working out on his own away from the team.

There will be demand for Bynum — as up and down as he has been for the Cavaliers there are good teams (the Heat and Clippers, for example) that see him as an improvement over their bench bigs. Those teams don’t want to be on the hook for $6 million for Bynum for the second half of the season, but if they can get him at a league minimum deal it’s different.

I’m not sure there is much if any demand for Turkoglu, a stretch four who has an injury history and didn’t shoot well from three last season. Never say never, but it’s not likely we see him again.

  1. louderthanwords1 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I doubt it’s the last we’ve seen of Turkoglu but I think it will all depend if he’s willing to accept a 10 day contract once he’s waived.

  2. spursareold - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    He shot poorly last year because the team had no interest in winning. Some players don’t do well in rebuilding situations. ORL should have probably shopped him LAST year, instead of getting into a pissing contest this year over a buyout.

    • raidmagic - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      They really never had the opportunity to trade him last year. He broke his hand in the first game and after missing the next 50 something games he came back only to be suspended for PED’s. He was never healthy enough to be on the floor.

  3. themagicfanguy - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    They did shop him last year, nobody wants him plain and simple. I love the guy but his shooting has declined consistently, his defense has never been good, he can’t pass as efficiently as he used to, and he’s become injury prone. At his age it’s unlikely he gets a roster spot on most teams.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    This may sound mean, but I hope he doesn’t. Don’t really want to see him wasting a roster spot ANYWHERE.

    That being said, watch the Spurs pick him up and spin him into gold again.

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