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If Turkoglu clears waivers, which is expected since it's unlikely a team wants to pick up the $6 million still owed on his contract, he will be free to sign with the team of his choice. The Magic fielded calls from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks for Turkoglu, a person familiar with the team told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussion. USA Today Sports

The Orlando Magic waived forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has been away from the team all season anyway, the team announced Friday. If Turkoglu clears waivers, which is expected since it's unlikely a team wants to pick up the $6 million still owed on his contract, he will be free to sign with the team of his choice. The Magic fielded calls from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks for Turkoglu, a person familiar with the team told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussion. USA Today Sports

January 3, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic have waived forward Hedo Turkoglu, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Turkoglu played in 497 regular season games with Orlando from 2004-09 and 2010-13, averaging 14.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg. and 3.9 apg. in 32.7 minpg. He also appeared in 49 playoff games with the Magic, averaging 14.4 ppg., 4.5 rpg. and 4.5 apg. in 38.0 minpg. Turkoglu earned the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2007-08 and helped Orlando reach the 2009 NBA Finals. NBA.com

The Orlando Magic will waive veteran small forward Hedo Turkoglu today at 5, according to NBA sources. Turkoglu, 34, will become a free agent and able to sign with any other team. The move by the Magic was expected. The club had until next Tuesday to waive Turkoglu -- or be on the hook for his full $12 million salary instead of a guaranteed $6 million. Orlando Sentinel

Turkoglu and the Magic had agreed that Turkoglu would not play or practice with the team until his contractual situation was resolved. He did not fit into their rebuilding plans. The Magic had been trying to reach a buy-out agreement with Turkoglu, who was serving a second stint with the Magic. NBA sources say that Turkoglu, who has been working out at Rollins College, wants to continue his playing career. Orlando Sentinel

January 2, 2014 Updates

I'm told Turkoglu, incidentally, remains determined to relaunch his NBA career later this month when he is finally waived by the Magic or any other team that happens to trade for him in the next five days. The 34-year-old will become a free agent Jan. 10 after clearing waivers and has been working out on his own away from the team all season after Turkoglu and the Magic mutually agreed that he would not join the rest of the squad while they tried to find him a new home. ESPN.com

December 23, 2013 Updates

Turkoglu has been working out privately in Orlando, as the Magic have asked him to stay away from the team and the word is he is in reasonable shape and wants to play this season. It’s unlikely that any team that trades for him will consider keeping him, but it does seem like within the next 35 days or so he will be hitting free agency one way or another. HoopsWorld

If the Magic cannot find a trade for Turkoglu, they will likely release him once his guarantee is met and save the remaining $6 million themselves. The Magic tried to reach a structured buyout with Turkoglu this summer, but he was unwilling to surrender any money to the Magic and they opted to hang on to him hoping his contract structure would become a trade chip once most of his guarantee is met, which is now almost a month away. HoopsWorld

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