Hedo Turkoglu Wants Out: The Most Likely Sign and Trade Scenario

Pompaci BehcetContributor IJune 1, 2010

TORONTO,ON - APRIL 24: Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors is flattened by Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic in game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 24, 2008 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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It should be painfully obvious to everyone that Hedo Turkoglu will try not to get hit by the door on his way out. Most Raptors fans emotionally think his contract is toxic, but that might not be the case for everybody.

Let's face it, our franchise does not have the best track record when it comes to keeping and developing talents. No need to give examples and stir up the old debates all over again.

Hedo bursting out to the Turkish TV audience was nothing more than another nail in the coffin. Hedo, a pro athlete with 10 years of experience under his belt, is only five years younger than the franchise in this league.

He is still on good terms with Orlando fans and they are still questioning the move of sending him to get Vince Carter. On the other hand, there hasn't been a Raptors season sans player drama and lawyer involvement.

The point is, however, talents of our problem SF might be of use to many teams, which may be ready to forget his last season and think of him as another miscast in Raptors universe.

Several analysts with decent pull have written about the possibility of Chris Bosh's desire to play with LeBron. While it makes sense logically, I don't think Bosh can pull that off without hurting the franchise.

No team can easily get those two with sign and trade; I don't think either King James or CB4 would walk away and sign with New York just like that. Bosh loves Toronto much more than that and I am sure he will see that we get something in return.

From this side of the border, the better outcome would be getting Joakim Noah for Bosh followed by Odom and Bynum. But now that Hedo also wants to go, our best overall bet is to attach Hedo to a Bosh deal, unless we would be fine with getting stuck with Hedo for another four years.

One of the teams that desperately needs that combo is Miami. They might want this to happen so much that we might even have the upper hand at this table.

Wade staying in Miami is much more likely than Bosh and James staying at their current teams. In order to be a finals contender again, Miami would be looking into signing either of those players.

Because if they can't, they might need to settle for Amare Stoudemire or Carlos Boozer, and even getting those could be hard and costly.

Between Bosh and James, Miami will be more likely to try their chances on Bosh. And Bosh comes bearing gifts like Turkoglu.

Miami still doesn't have a capable playmaker and Turkoglu can fill that role easily. It is not like they can land on a star point guard with the little cap space they would have.

Hedo would be very happy with this deal. His family still lives in Orlando and he would be very close to them. He will be able to stay in the Eastern Conference and be a part of a contender team that would actually use him the right way.

It is no secret that Bosh was a big factor for Hedo to sign with Toronto. Hedo would be happy to follow Bosh to meet up with Wade in Miami more so than being traded to Washington.

What do we get in return? Other than getting rid of Hedo's contract, we would ask for Beasley, O'Neal, Haslem, and Wright, plus a couple more rotation players, future draft picks, cash considerations, etc. Basically, whatever we can get in return.

I always stated that I didn't want any rebuilding this year. But with Bosh with one foot out the door and Hedo putting his lawyers to work, what other option does Brian Colangelo have?

Toronto will get a huge cap relief and would get enough rotation players and expiring contracts to put them in a rebuilding mode.

This trade wouldn't be the perfect one for either team, but it certainly is the one from which both teams would benefit equally.


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