The Los Angeles Clippers are on the move again, and this time they have former Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu in their sights. Turkoglu has played a mere 11 games in the past two seasons, yet according to Clipper head coach, Doc Rivers, “He made shots from everywhere”.
The 34 year-old Turkish born swing-man is the best rumored possible acquisition the Clippers have been attached to since former Clipper, Lamar Odom, checked himself into rehab the first time. The Clippers were in need of another ball handler who can play when the league’s best point guard, Chris Paul, is on the floor without going to a small lineup. At 6-foot-10, Turkoglu is unique ball handler and passer.
The Magic defeated LeBron James and the Cleveland Caveliers for the Eastern Conference title in 2009, and Turkoglu was a major mismatch for everyone not named James on the floor. But 2009 was long time ago, and although Turkoglu was all but forgotten in the NBA, his versatility is something the Clippers don’t presently have. If he’s anything near the player he was in just his workout with the club, the Clippers could see more production off the bench and more opportunities for Paul to be a more aggressive scorer.
Any transaction made by the Clippers would be in preparation for highly competitive playoff series in the spring. Impact acquisitions are unlikely in the free agent market at this point of the season. An unemployed tall guy is usually unemployed for a reason in this league. Yet occasionally a change of scenery is enough motivation for an all but retired veteran to get off the golf course and into a gym. When the possibility of a championship is involved, one may even leave their ego on the couch as well.
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