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Hedo Turkoglu: Why the Magic Can Let Him Go

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic moves the ball up court in Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers at Amway Arena on June 11, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  The Lakers won 99-91 in overtime and lead the series 3-1.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
travis proctorCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

I know Magic fans are kind of worried about the fact that Hedo Turkoglu is going to opt out of his contract. I'm here to tell those fans it might not be such a bad thing.

The Magic have a lot of shooting. As good as Turkoglu can be, he might not be the long term solution for Orlando.

It is a huge advantage to have a couple of 6'10" forwards that can play like guards. However, Dwight Howard needs some help in the front court. I'm sorry, but Marcian Gortat and Tony Battie are not going to get it done.

As good as Howard is, and will be for a long time, he needs someone that can crash the boards with him. The Magic could really use a true power forward. With the money that will be freed up when Turkoglu opt's out they will be able to bring in someone like Lamar Odom or maybe a Carlos Boozer.

Rashard Lewis is a great player but he is going to struggle on the defensive end against a player like Pau Gasol. I think moving him down to his more natural position and bringing in someone who can play with Howard in the paint would take the Magic to a championship level.

The Magic have plenty of people that can shoot. When Jameer Nelson gets back to 100 percent, and Courtney Lee continues to develop, the Magic will have three knock down shooters in their starting lineup. Another good post player would free up Howard and allow him to average around 700 rebounds a game.

So Magic fans, there is a silver lining here. When one door closes another opens, followed by a few more cliche phrases.

Turkoglu is a great player, but I see this as an opportunity for the Magic to add the missing piece that can put them over the top.

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