HoopsHype Hidayet Turkoglu rumors

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Hedo Turkoglu is a realist and knows that because of his age and the Orlando Magic’s youth movement that he could have already played his last game for the franchise where he’s enjoyed his greatest success. But Turkoglu is also a dreamer, and at times he can close his eyes and drift back to when he helped lift the Magic to some of the greatest heights in franchise history. His prime years coincided with Orlando’s incredible run to the NBA Finals in 2009, and those memories are never far from the surface for Turkoglu. So Turkoglu is content in knowing that regardless of what comes of his fate in the coming months, he will always have great memories of all that he and the Magic accomplished together in recent years. ``I’m happy I got to be a part of some of the great, great moments here in Orlando and no one can ever change history,’’ Turkoglu said recently. ``Those moments will always be there for me, and I’ll always consider myself a lucky guy.’’ NBA.com

Turkoglu has one year remaining on his contract, but it is only partially guaranteed and the Magic could seek a trade or buyout. He totally understands that the Magic are in a transition as they rebuild the foundation of the team around a promising young nucleus of Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson and others. The days of Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson and Turkoglu – a fearsome foursome that made the Magic great just four seasons ago – are long gone. And Turkoglu can deal with the reality of the retooling situation in Orlando. ``I always felt comfortable in Orlando and that’s always the city that I want to live when I stop playing. It’s home for me, but this is a new, rebuilding situation,’’ Turkoglu said. ``If they want my leadership I would love to be here. If not, I totally understand the situation and the business. I just have to wait throughout the summer and see what happens and do what’s best for me.’’ NBA.com

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Turkoglu, however, doesn't fit into the team's long-range plans. He recently turned 34 years old, and his game already has declined in recent seasons. Only $6 million of his $12 million salary for next season is guaranteed, so it seems highly likely that the team will waive him during the offseason. The Magic instead will focus on growing their young players. Orlando Sentinel

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Hedo Turkoglu says his left hand is feeling “much better,” and he participated fully when the Orlando Magic did some fullcourt scrimmaging during practice Saturday at Amway Center. Turkoglu broke the hand Nov. 2 and underwent surgery the next day. Although he played in five Magic games from Dec. 29 through Jan. 7, his hand continued to bother him, and he felt it hindered his play. He has missed Orlando’s last eight games as he's waited for his hand to improve. “I’m feeling my much better,” Turkoglu said today. “My hand’s about to be 100 percent soon, so I feel more confidence and, hopefully, that will carry on for my playing, too. So far, I’ve been doing whatever it takes to put myself in the best situation I can. I’m just trying to wait for that situation and hopefully soon that will happen and I’ll 100 percent.” Orlando Sentinel

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There are two contracts the Magic would love to package in with any deal they make and that’s Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu. Neither is overly attractive, but one or both could be the cost of doing business, especially for a team that wants Reddick or a team that wants to use Orlando’s TPE to facilitate a bigger deal. HoopsWorld

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If Turkoglu can’t be dealt, it remains to be seen if a buyout eventually might be arranged. The Magic already have used their one-time amnesty move on Gilbert Arenas. And they did eat two years and $5.4 million remaining on Quentin Richardson’s contract when he was waived last October. “I feel comfortable in Orlando,’’ said Turkoglu. “I had my great years in Orlando. I have a good relationship with the fans. The fans support me all the time, the entire organization. But, in the end, it’s a business. Whatever they’re trying to do, I’ll try to do my best, either helping them (if) staying or, if they have to move me, they’ll move me ... This is not upsetting me.’’ FOXSports Florida

“I’m quite sure it’s tough (on Turkoglu),’’ said Nelson, who at least appears to be safe after having signed a three-year, $25 million contract last summer. “We all as a unit last year went though a tremendous amount of adversity and a tremendous amount of uncertainty. But he’s nothing but a professional ... He carries himself that way on and off the court.’’ FOXSports Florida

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