NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic Shopping Inconsistent Small Forward Hedo Turkoglu
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According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Orlando Magic are searching for a home for Hedo Turkoglu and the cumbersome two years, $18 million left on his contract. However, their attempts have fallen flat, as no teams are interested in acquiring the 32-year-old veteran before the NBA trade deadline on March 15th.
"It's one thing to try to foist Turkoglu on a team that's trading for [Dwight] Howard," Stein reports, "and quite another to try to move Turkoglu, or any other vet in Howard's supporting cast, when Dwight himself isn't part of the deal."
Stein continued saying that the only way Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith can unload the former star off his roster without packaging franchise cornerstone Dwight Howard is to include "at least two (future) first-round picks."
But, with the all of the uncertainty regarding Dwight Howard's future with the team, the Orlando Magic will probably be reluctant to hand out any draft picks.
In Turkoglu's first stint in Orlando, the Turkish small forward made a name for himself by performing the pick-and-roll with precision and earning the moniker "Mr. Fourth Quarter" due to his clutch play in the closing minutes. Turkoglu would go on to win the NBA's Most Improved Player Award in 2008 and was a integral part in Orlando's drive to the NBA Finals in 2009.
However, since returning to the Magic at last year's NBA trade deadline, the starting forward has become a shell of his former self. Not only is he a liability on defense, but he is only shooting 40 percent from the field, which is a career low.
In the end, it will be quite difficult to find an organization to dump Turkoglu on. The combination of a gaudy contract and little production has zapped him of any value around the league.
Nonetheless, the Orlando Magic must battle the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, March 11th without Turkoglu, as the league suspended him one game for touching a referee in their last matchup verse the Chicago Bulls.
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