There has been talk of the Orlando Magic planning to buyout forward Hedo Turkoglu for some time now. After the Magic decided to buyout Al Harrington, the Turkoglu buyout seemed even more inevitable. Now it seems like Turkoglu is about to officially no longer be a member of this Orlando team.
According to a report from Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic and the 34-year-old forward are now working on the particulars of a buyout that would result in Turkoglu being waived.
Turkoglu played in only 11 games last season and was abysmal in the few games that he did play. Moreover, he was also suspended for 20 games by the league for testing positive for anabolic steroids. That’s just one of several things not working in the veteran’s favor.
Turkoglu is due $12 million from the Magic in the 2013-2014 NBA season, but only about $6 million of his salary is guaranteed. The fact that this is the last year of Turkoglu’s contract, the fact that the team doesn’t need a 34-year-old as part of their reclamation project, and the fact that Turkoglu seems on the back-end of his days as an effective player all seem to make this buyout inevitable.
Possibly also not working in Turkoglu’s favor is the fact that the Magic seem to want to give rookie Romero Osby an opportunity to make the final roster spot. The Magic selected Osby with the 51st overall pick in this year’s draft. At the Orlando Summer League, Osby had an impressive outing, averaging 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in only 21.2 minutes per game and on 50 percent shooting.
Giving a guy like Osby, who is just 23 years old, an opportunity over Turkoglu is a much better option for a team rebuilding their franchise. There’s no telling when the final word will be said about Turkoglu’s buyout, but it seems that day is nearing.
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