Raptors Turn "Turk-Tastic" With Big Offseason Signing

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 4, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic heads toward the sideline during Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won in overtime 99-91. 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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Breaking news has been reported that Hedo Turkoglu took a 180 degree turn, signing with the Toronto Raptors instead of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Originally, it was believed that Turk would be signing a hefty contract with the Blazers, especially after a verbal commitment was given to the organization.

The very next day Hedo called Portland and told them that he was having "second thoughts." (It was reported that Turk liked Portland, but his wife fell in love with Toronto.)

The Raptors contract consists of a five-year $53 million deal in which Turkoglu will join heads with All-Star Chris Bosh, Spaniard Jose Calderon, and Italian Andrea Bargnani.

Turkoglu certainly gives a new look to the beat down Raptors that came into the 08'-09' season with high hopes of making a playoff run with the newly acquired Jermaine O'Neal.

But once things turned upside down, O'Neal was traded for Miami's Shawn Marion, who has now become a free-agent due to Hedo's signing.

It is said that the Orlando Magic offered Turkoglu a recent final offer (five-year $45 mill), but obviously Hedo's head was in a completely different direction.

Toronto will once again head into the 09'-10' NBA season with high hopes of contending for the title, but this time is it different?

I wish Turkoglu the best of luck on his new squad, he will be missed by Orlando.