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Orlando Magic waive Hedo Turkoglu

Jan 3, 2014, 6:09 PM EDT

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UPDATE 6:09 pm: And it’s official, the Orlando Magic have waived Hedo Turkoglu.

No team is going to claim him off waivers and pick up the $6 million he is owed. It is possible he gets a minimum deal, more likely he gets a 10 day contract soon.

4:04 pm: So much for trying to find a trade partner.

Hedo Turkoglu has basically the same contract as Andrew Bynum — he was due $12 million this season but if he is waived by Jan. 7 he was only owed $6 million of that. As Cleveland had done with Bynum, Orlando kept Turkoglu around as a potential trade chip.

They have thrown in the towel on that reports John Denton at the Orlando Magic’s official Web site.

Turkoglu likely could get a healthy contract for a powerhouse team back in his native Turkey, but that’s not the plan according to those on the ground in Turkey.

Turkoglu was a valuable stretch four, one who could handle the ball (him on the pick-and-roll was key to Orlando’s 2009 NBA Finals run). However, in recent years his shot hasn’t fallen and his entire game has shown age — he hasn’t played in a year and shot just 29 percent in the handful of games he got in.

It is possible a team gives him a 10-day contract when those open up. That said I wouldn’t expect him to be a meaningful part of any NBA team right now.

  1. j0esixpack - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    That figures.

    I just got my long awaited authentic NBA Turkoglu Magic jersey for Christmas

    • money2long - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      yeah wink wink. mustve been on sale anyway. not much harm done.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      WHo the hell would want a 35 year old Turkoglu.

      He’s even slower now. He was once very good but he’s a dinosaur in todays NBA.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    He could probably play PG for the Lakers with all the injuries here

  3. convincedofthehex - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    HODOR HODOR wait, I mean HEDO

  4. legend30 - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Turkoglu to Cleveland… Idk just a guess

  5. 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    God no Lakers, stayTF away!!!!! Dammit I KNEW this was going to happen, I just didn’t want to say anything!

    • legend30 - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      After seeing this comment, I changed my decision he’s going to Lakers. Imagine Turkoglu running point guard… Now only if the Lakers can make a trade for JaVale McGee. Turkoglu and McGee, Lakers new Kobe and Shaq.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        DON’T YOU PUT THAT EVIL ON ME RICKY BOBBY!!!

      • money2long - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        lol. nice quote.
        seriously though, diantoni loves him some stretch 4s . im not saying that’s an invitation however. im just saying

  6. moseskkim - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    my lakers are interested? noooo the tank is real

  7. mnwildfan15 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Could help the Wolves off the bench.

  8. breezytoocold123 - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    he going to the Heat watch lol

  9. lakerade - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Spurs.

  10. kinglorious - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    remember the time Toronto thought he was their savior?

  11. muhangis - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    Turk is even more worthless and a bigger rip off than Bynum, that’s hard to do

  12. rohlo - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    bet he ends up in houston!!!!

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