Hedo Turkoglu Won't Return to Raptors

Bleacher ReportContributor IMay 28, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Hedo Turkoglu #26 of the Toronto Raptors against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After just one season, it seems that Hedo Turkoglu's time in Toronto is already over.

According to the Basketball Jones blog, the Turkish delight has decided that he won't return to the Raptors. He voiced his displeasure with the team and city in an interview with Turkish television.

Turkoglu is actively seeking a release, and expects his lawyer to sort it all out with GM Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors' brass.

Turkoglu was brought in by Colangelo last summer after prying him away from the Blazers, who were also seeking his services. But he really never added anything to the Raptors outside of frustration.

Fans will be glad to see Turkoglu hitting the road, and his contract surely won't be missed (53 million over 5 years).

Ridding themselves of Turkoglu's contract will add a few dollars to use this off-season, though they likely won't be spent on Chris Bosh.

Even if Bosh is signed, it will likely be a sign and trade scenario where he is dealt to either Chicago or New York.

Either way, it's good riddance to both. Neither brought any success to the Raptors.

It seems like a better option for the Raptors to flip some players and try something new for next season.

Hopefully they will spend the money on some players with real chops who can at least bring a playoff showing to the Canadian city.

This type of situation however, doesn't look too great on the Raptors, who have a tough enough time keeping players in Toronto as it is.

It's safe to say this will be one of the most important off-seasons in recent Raptors memory.

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