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Turkoglu got paid then packed it in.
After putting up big numbers, making big shots and showing an excellent all-around game for the Orlando Magic from 2005 through the Magic's run to the Finals in 2009, Turkoglu signed himself a massive free-agent deal with Toronto Raptors.
He then promptly fell off the map.
Turkoglu took the money and ran, signing that five-year, $53 million deal with the Raptors before regressing to the point that his numbers in Toronto were the worst of his career since he was a 24-minute-per-game reserve with the Spurs in 2003-2004.
The Raptors somehow managed to unload him to Phoenix, who waited a whole 25 games before seeing what everyone else already knew: Turkoglu was looking like a dog.
Luckily for the Suns, they had former Orlando GM Otis Smith on speed dial to take the Turkoglu headache off their books. They traded him back to the Magic after those 25 games, with Smith likely hoping that a return to the scene of his greatest moments would revive him and help the Magic get back to the NBA Finals.
Not so. Turkoglu has scored 11.4 and 10.5 points per game for Orlando since his return, and the Magic have been ousted in the first round of the playoffs each of the years.
Hedo's contract, which will pay him $11.8 million this season and still has one more year after that, was considered so onerous the Magic couldn't even unload him in last week's Dwight Howard mega-deal.
Turkoglu is 33 now, and the Magic are clearly in rebuilding mode. He's going to get paid this year regardless. But if he wants to keep getting paid beyond that, he might want to think about stepping it up.