HoopsHype Hedo Turkoglu rumors

July 9, 2013 Updates
April 18, 2013 Updates

Jameer Nelson delivered one of the funniest lines on Thursday when Magic players met individually with Hennigan and coach Jacque Vaughn and then had their exit interviews with media. With Hedo Turkoglu's Magic tenure likely nearing an end, Nelson was asked to reflect on Turkoglu's legacy. "He's definitely on and off the court been there for me," Nelson said. "We came in my rookie year together. His English has gotten worse." When media members laughed, Nelson interjected, "No, seriously, his English got worse." Orlando Sentinel

Josh Robbins: That said, I'd be shocked if Turkoglu is on the 2013-14 opening night roster. Turkoglu himself said he'd be "surprised" if team keeps him. Twitter @JoshuaBRobbins

April 17, 2013 Updates

Hedo Turkoglu, who won’t play, can sense that tonight will be his final game as a member of the Orlando Magic. The forward has played 7 ½ of his 13 NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic. But he knows there’s a good chance the team will part ways with him this offseason. “That wouldn’t surprise me at all,’’ Turkoglu said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida before the Magic’s season finale Wednesday at Miami. “It’s just the situation sometimes you’re in on the payroll… I totally understand if they want to move me. We’re in a rebuilding situation with the young guys. Sulia

March 31, 2013 Updates

If the Orlando Magic can waive Hedo Turkoglu as expected during the off-season then the 34-year old Turkish player could be on his way to Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce Ulker. Turkoglu who's a Fenerbahce supporter has always indicated openly that he would like to finish his career in his homeland and under the yellow and navy blue jersey. According to daily Sabah newspaper Fenerbahce Ulker General Manager Kemal Dincer said "Hidayet is a huge Fenerbahce fan. If he wants to retire from basketball at Fenerbahce, we're not going to say 'no' to him. We also want him to finish his career here but currently we don't have transfer attempts." - Translation by Mete Aktaş. Sabah

March 29, 2013 Updates
March 28, 2013 Updates

SF Hedo Turkoglu said he wants to remain with the Magic next season even though the club already has effectively removed him — and Al Harrington — from its future plans. "I would like to keep playing here," Turkoglu said after the Magic's shootaround Wednesday. "I was here more years than anywhere in my career." Orlando Sentinel

March 26, 2013 Updates

On one hand, Hedo Turkoglu's nightmare has ended. The 20-game suspension he received for a positive anabolic steroid test has expired, and he will be in uniform when the Orlando Magic face the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. On the other hand, he also knows and accepts that the season's final 11 games and upcoming offseason could be equally difficult. He might not play at all, and it would make financial sense for the Magic to waive him during the summer. "I just have to wait and see what happens," Turkoglu said Tuesday, before the Magic left for Charlotte. Orlando Sentinel

"I don't expect a whole lot. It's just because of the situation — what happened — and we've got a lot of young guys playing good. So, that wouldn't surprise me at all if I don't play. If I play, I'll just try to do my best. I don't know how I can, but I'm still a professional. I'm just going to go out there in the minutes they give me, and I'll try to do the best for my teammates, for the young guys, and just set the example." One season remains on Turkoglu's contract, but only $6 million of his $12 million salary for 2013-14 is guaranteed. Orlando Sentinel

Turkoglu said he and Vaughn haven't discussed the situation, but Turkoglu added it's not necessary. "Sometimes, you just see things before talking," Turkoglu said. "In those situations, there's not much to say. You just deal with it, whatever it is, and for me, I totally understand that because of injuries and the suspension. Like I said, I don't expect a whole lot, and that's normal." Orlando Sentinel

It's been a rough time. "It's hard, man, seriously," Turkoglu said. "It's just sad that you're not part of it, that you can't do nothing to help this team, the young guys, as a person and as a player, too. Overall, it was just a bad year. Hopefully, this year I'll [be] strong physically and mentally and hopefully come back. I don't even know my future right now. I don't know if I'll be here next year or not. At the end of the season, I'll be here and I'll try to do my best for these young guys and for this organization. When the summertime comes, we'll see what happens." Orlando Sentinel

February 14, 2013 Updates

In yet another blow to the Orlando Magic during a largely dismal season for the franchise, the NBA suspended small forward Hedo Turkoglu on Wednesday for 20 games without pay for testing positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. Turkoglu said the drug test stemmed from a medication he took over the summer when he was in Turkey. He said he received the medication from his personal trainer to treat a shoulder injury and didn’t check with Magic medical staff to make sure the medication was safe. “I’m sorry,” Turkoglu said. “I want to apologize [to] the DeVos family, the Magic organization, my teammates and, most important, all my fans here and all around the world and back home. This is a situation I never wanted to be in.” Orlando Sentinel

Turkoglu said the league tested him in December, and Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said team officials were told by Turkoglu about the positive test a week ago. Hennigan said he believed Turkoglu “unknowingly” took the substance. “Clearly, Hedo made a mistake,” Hennigan added. “He knows he made a mistake. He’s owning it. It’s certainly a disappointing circumstance for us, but I personally feel very confident in the amount of diligence we use to inform our players as to what can and cannot be taken.” Orlando Sentinel

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