Hedo Turkoglu Opts Out After a Magical Season?

Luis OrtizContributor IJune 16, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  (L-R) Hedo Turkoglu #15, Tony Battie #4, Adonal Foyle #31 and Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic huddle 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)

Yesterday, Lon Babby, agent of Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu told the Orlando Sentinel that the 6'10" forward will opt out on his final year of a six-year, $36 million contract, of which Turkoglu was due to make $7.3 million next year.

Now which teams are willing to sign a 30-year-old forward to several years, you might ask? Well some sources say the Portland Trail Blazers are most interested in "Turk."

Magic General Manager Otis Smith is very optimistic in re-signing Turkoglu, saying the forward likes it in Orlando, and the chances look good in re-signing him.

The question I ask is why would Turkoglu want to opt out of his contract when Orlando has a good chance next year of repeating the same season it just had or even going beyond its Finals destination? The team is very young and filled with a lot of good talent that will take the floor ever night with the energy that an NBA championship team has. The oldest player on the team, Anthony Johnson, is 35 and played extremely well in the playoffs.

If Turkoglu does sign with another team, it will be hard for him to find a team that will make a championship run, unless he signs with the Cavs or the Lakers. I don't see anyone biting his hook; time is running out for the 30-year-old small forward.