It's done. The Magic have officially waived Hedo Turkoglu.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) January 3, 2014
Hidayet Türkoğlu won't listen any offers from Europe. He wants to stay in the NBA. Lakers and Hawks are interested.— Ismail Senol (@ismailsenol) January 3, 2014
The Lakers and Hawks are both seeking roster help after being bitten by the injury bug in 2013-14.
While both teams are reportedly interested in signing Turkoglu, it’s unclear exactly what the 34-year-old can bring to the table.
The 13-year veteran hasn't played for the Magic this season, and played just 11 games (one start) for the Magic last season. He was dreadful in those games.
He averaged just 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game with a player efficiency rating of 3.39. He shot 26.4 percent from the field overall and made 1-of-24 three-point attempts (4.2 percent).
Turkoglu’s level of play has been on a steady decline since the 2007-08 season when he averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists for Orlando. The deterioration of his play coincided with a five-year, $53 million contract he signed with the Toronto Raptors prior to the 2009-10 season.
After one season in Toronto, Turkoglu was traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa. He played 25 games in the desert before being traded back to Orlando, along with Jason Richardson, Earl Clark and a first-round pick for Vince Carter, Mikael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat.
Turkoglu never lived up to his hefty contract, but the Lakers and Hawks appear to think he’ll turn his fortunes around with a change of scenery.