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Report: Clippers to sign Hedo Turkoglu for rest of season

Jan 15, 2014, 12:33 AM EDT

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You might have had an idea this was coming after Doc Rivers said Monday night “we’re looking at him strong,” but now it looks like it is set to happen Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Clippers are going to sign free agent Hedo Turkoglu for the rest of the season.

That’s according to multiple reports, starting with very well respected Turkish basketball writer Ismail Senol and backed up by ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The Clippers have been looking for help along their front line — after DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin sit, guys like Antawn Jamison and Ryan Hollins are getting run. And upgrade is needed.

The question is can Turkoglu really provide that?

He reportedly impressed the Clippers during recent workouts, which is nice but he is going to have to play a lot better than he has in recent seasons. Last season played in 11 games for Orlando and was 2-of-33 shooting outside 10 feet. Remember he got suspended 20 games for testing positive for steroids, then cam back out of shape and uninspired. Oh, and don’t forget he has long been a terrible defender.

To sum up his situation, Orlando paid him $6 million (his salary for the first half of the season) just to stay away from the team.

He’s 34 now, but a few years back he was a versatile offensive weapon, a guy who was dangerous as a stretch four or with the ball in his hands creating off the pick-and-roll (he was huge doing that in the 2009 playoffs helping lead the Magic to the Finals).

If he can regain anything near that form he’d be a boost to the Clippers off the bench. I’m not sold he can be that guy, but Doc Rivers and the Clippers apparently are.

  1. Wammy Giveaway - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Doc wants to prove that it’s the system that makes the defense, not the players.

    But now the worst fears have been confirmed: he has a farm trade planned. Be prepared for a blockbuster trade come the deadline. If he could trade seven players, draft picks and cash for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in 2007, I could see Doc doing the same thing again. But it looks like they’ll have to say goodbye to Reggie Bullock.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      Danny Ainge was at the time, and still is, the Celtics GM.

      • casualcommenter - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        So you’re saying that the Clippers signing Hedo Turkoglu to a small contract isn’t proof that they’re about to blow up half of their roster?

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        crazier things have happened I guess

  2. oasis511 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I really don’t know what the plan is here. This team already has a glut of under-performing wing players with Dudley, Crawford, Redick, Barnes, Green, and Bullock. Turkoglu hasn’t been productive in three or four years.

    Meanwhile, their backup bigs are Ryan Hollins, Byron Mullens, and Antawn Jamison. I hope for their sake that they are planning to make a trade to shore up that front line, because all it takes is a little Deandre Jordan foul trouble to mess up their game plans.

  3. jerdogthompson - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    @Wammy

    Nice try bro. Ain’t no 7 player trade going down. This is nothing more than a fill in “guy who can handle the ball & shoot” move. All the Clippers need is a solid 12-15 a night from him and nothing more. He’s an insurance policy. Docs building towards the playoffs. Nothing more to see here.

    #InDocwetrust

  4. danfrommv - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    This seems odd to me. They already had a veteran outside shooting, no defense forward in Antawn Jamison. Why add Hedo?

  5. ufools - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    #nowammy

    No 7 player trades from this team. Hoping for a SLIGHT upgrade from a guy that can play a couple positions. That’s it.

    If he’s buried on the bench…..not much harm in the risk here. 12-13 guys don’t get many minutes on this team anyway.

    Not performing…..he will get buried until an emergency.

  6. ufools - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Sorry, #12-14 guys on roster dont get big minutes…..not “12-13 guys”

  7. goldmember21 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    I wish my lakers would have taken him smh. This guy is solid

  8. Matteo X - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Dudley impressed the other night and can have some consistency when healthy. Barnes is back, which is big and the only major missing piece is CP3. The Clippers have been in most of their losses with the exception of Phoenix’s torching.

    The team is melding. Why blow it up? They can only get better.

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