Orlando Magic F Hedo Turkoglu reportedly has a $3.5 million offer to play overseas in Turkey, Turkoglu’s home country for Fenerbahce Ulker.¬†Turkoglu is under contract for this coming season with the Orlando Magic. The question is, will he still be when the season begins in October?
Turkoglu, a 13-year veteran who turned 34 years old last March, will likely get very limited minutes as the Magic boost their rebuilding process and play a bunch of their young talent this season.
Orlando has a lot of young forwards on their roster, including Glen Davis, Mo Harkless, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson, and Kyle O’Quinn.
Turkoglu was very ineffective last season in the minimal playing time he got. He played in only 11 games last season, partly because of a 20-game suspension for testing positive for a PED, and averaged only 2.9 points a game on 26.4% shooting.
Turkoglu is owed a very expensive $12 million this season by Orlando, but could be bought out for $6 million before training camp begins. However, Orlando could take the chance and use Turkoglu as a potential trade asset at the deadline. Teams may be interested in dealing for the veteran in order to cut down on future costs. The 2013-2014 season is Turkoglu’s last season on his contract.
He has said in the past that he wants to stay in the NBA and reach 1,000 games played, but with over 100 games to go before he reaches the milestone, let’s just say that’s highly unlikely.