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Report: Hedo Turkoglu nearing free agent deal to return to Clippers

Aug 31, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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Hedo Turkoglu did next to nothing from a statistical standpoint for the Clippers a season ago, after being added in the middle of the year in an attempt to bolster the bench with a veteran player that could help the team for its run into the postseason.

But he must have been a good practice squad player and/or a good locker room presence, because L.A. is reportedly going to bring him back for next season.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu is nearing agreement on a one-year, $1.4 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

After working out a contract buyout with the Orlando Magic and signing with the Clippers in January, Turkoglu, 35, averaged three points in 38 games.

So, why bring back Turkoglu if he wasn’t much help in live game action last season? Something Chris Paul told me at the launch of his latest signature shoe from Jordan Brand might hold the answer.

I asked Paul what the Clippers needed to do to sort of get over the hump, because with their core of him, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in place, along with Doc Rivers now there as president and head coach, it feels like they’re close.

“It sounds crazy being that we won 57 games, but I think just consistency,” Paul told “I think we’ve just got to approach every game with the same mentality. No matter who we’re playing against, no matter the situation — on the road, at home, we’ve got to win the games that we’re supposed to win.”

Bringing back Turkoglu will certainly help the consistency, even if on the surface it seems like his re-upping with the team won’t help with much else.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Stick a fork in him; turkeyglue is done.

    • avb300 - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Turkoglu and they’re apparently about to sign Chris Douglas Roberts…2 very underwhelming additions. Even at the minimum they can do much better.

      I like Hawes but he can only do so much. THey should still be top 3-4 in the west which is still pretty sick.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    At this point he’s just a brand name. Turkey literally has nothing left in him. He’s burnt toast.

  3. eventhorizon04 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Consistency is overrated.

    You should only be consistent when it comes to keeping good players/coaches together. If a player is a liability, “consistency” is bad. Everybody in the world could see Kendrick Perkins was a liability on both ends of the floor against the Miami Heat in the Finals, since Perkins was too slow to guard anybody on the Heat when the Heat went small, and Perkins wasn’t skilled enough to punish smaller Heat defenders when the Thunder were on offense. However, Scott Brooks kept starting Perkins because he wanted to maintain “consistency,” and yeah, Thunder blew their chance against the Heat after consistently being outscored whenever Perkins was on the floor.

    If Turkoglu was great or even good last year, bringing him back would make sense for the Clippers. However, keeping bad players on the roster ‘for consistency’ makes no sense.

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      To be clear, I don’t think bringing Turkoglu back makes the Clippers worse.

      However, giving him a roster spot, even if it’s just temporary, represents one less opportunity for the Clippers to get better since spots are limited, and we know who Turkoglu is at this point in his career. He’s not a viable player anymore.

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        Maybe they view him as a glu guy (hehe), like the way Derrick Fisher hung around so long. Sometimes it’s not about if you have it, but how you meld the team together. Synergy and chemistry are REAL things. A lot of people put it off and don’t put much stock in it because it’s hard to quantify, but it’s real.

  4. tc10461 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    He does so look Albanian!!!

    • duhwighthoward - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM


  5. adoombray - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    just goes to show that the real Clippers GM is Chris Paul and Doc / Ballmer knows it. I don’t think it’s a great signing, but I love watching the Clippers and I love Chris Paul so whatever. I’m happy CP3 get’s what he wants. Turk was the main reason Howard is who Howard is besides Van Gundy, the guy brought it for a quick minute. I’m sure the Staples center will cheer like crazy when he comes off the bench.

    Also, Brett, that was quality first person and a legitimate “the reporter asked a question that became relevant”. nice work man

  6. campcouch - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    That’s Klingon for Ray Allen isn’t signing with us.

  7. blogsk3tball - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Everyone keeps dogging the players teams sign as their 12-14th roster spot.

    You guys realise that these teams do need players for their starters to practice against right? Remember the Spurs saying T-Mac was playing as LeBron in practice for them to work on their defence against him in the NBA Finals.

    Turk (as well as every other vet 15th man) is done as far as playing. But how many guys his size with high IQ, shooting, and passing ability, are their left for the minimum to train and practice against. Moves like this could be done for something as simple as teaching Blake to guard stretch 4’s and tall wings better, but people complain like every move is done to get a guy who can play 35mins a game

  8. csbanter - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    This is crazy , why bring him back, try developing another player or something. Hedo is living off his rep in Orlando.

  9. mungman69 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Turk is way done. I don’t get this move.

  10. canadatude - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Turkey is a real role model. Like that time when he sat out a game for the Raptors, saying he was too sick. After the game, he went clubbing all night. Pics out there to prove it. What a leader!

  11. genericcommenter - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I can’t believe this guy is my age (not that I’m young in sports terms), I thought he was ancient- He looks about as aged as my dad.

  12. bigmeechy74 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Surprised he didn’t go to the Mavs. They have that “35 and up” age rule for their roster every year

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