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September 2, 2013 Updates

The Magic are working on a buyout agreement with Hedo Turkoglu, plan on giving second-round pick Romero Osby a chance to make the team and likely will invite as many as four more players to their training camp, according to a source close to the club. As expected, Turkoglu and the team have been trying to arrange a buyout with the 13-year veteran small forward. He does not figure into the team's rebuilding plans at age 34. Only half of his $12 million salary for next season — the last year of his contract — is guaranteed. Orlando Sentinel

If the Magic and Turkoglu can reach an arrangement, Turk will be waived. He then can become a free agent, eligible to negotiate with any other NBA team or play overseas. There are reports that Turkoglu has an offer with a team in his native Turkey if he decides not to stay in the NBA or is unable to sign a deal. Orlando Sentinel

August 14, 2013 Updates
July 28, 2013 Updates

Hidayet Turkoglu: I've been in the NBA for 13 years and the only European who's been in the league longer than I have is Nowitzki. I have one more goal in the NBA, which is to enter the 1,000-game club.. I'm very close to that goal. After I accomplish my goal, I'll either play in Fenerbahce (which I'm a big fan of) or play in Anadolu Efes, which helped me get where I am today as a player. I get a lot of messages from Fenerbahce fans but first I have to get through this period. After the hard part is over, I think I'll enjoy making that decision. Ajansspor.com

June 27, 2013 Updates
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May 9, 2013 Updates

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

April 27, 2013 Updates
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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

February 13, 2013 Updates
January 26, 2013 Updates

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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