Hedo Turkoglu has played in just 11 games since the start of the 2012-13 NBA season and has also served a 20-game suspension handed down by the league due to violating the NBA’s banned substance policy. The Orlando Magic also paid $6 million to not play for them this season. That’s where Turkoglu has been at.
However, it seems like he’s going to be somewhere else very soon, namely the roster of the Los Angeles Clippers. According to a report from Turkish sports reporter Ismail Senol, Turkoglu signing with the Clippers is all but a formality at this point. The surprising part of the report, though, is that the deal will be for the rest of the season rather than a low-risk 10-day contract.
Recent reports have come out saying that Turkoglu looked fantastic in workouts for the Clippers, but his success at the NBA level is a thing of the past looking at his recent numbers. In the last season where he played more than half of the games, Turkoglu averaged only 10.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 31.2 minutes per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from three. In his 11 games last year, he averaged just 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assist in 17.2 minutes per game on miserable 26.4 percent shooting.
While the Clippers need bodies in their frontcourt behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, I’m not sure Turkoglu is even close to the answer. The problem with guys like Byron Mullens and Antawn Jamison is that they are almost entirely offensively minded, which is a problem that also applies to Turkoglu. Essentially, Turkoglu compounds upon the Clippers problems more than he solves them. The move seems inevitable at this point, but it also seems inevitable that it will fail.