The Magic appear to be in no rush to make a decision on the future of Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic owe a guaranteed $6 million of the $12 million on the final year of his contract. Many assume Orlando will waive Turkoglu before the season and move on without him.
Of course, no decision needs to be made until January when all contracts get guaranteed. Rob Hennigan is not in a hurry, because he doesn't have to be.
Maybe Turkoglu will be in a hurry now to agree to a buyout.
Turkish basketball writer Cam Pelister reports Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker made an offer to Turkoglu worth $3.5 million per year (h/t Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk). Turkoglu has said in the past that he would like to finish his career in Turkey.
According to reports in Turkey, Fenerbahce Ulker made an offer to Hedo Turkoglu, which worth $3.5M per year.— Can Pelister (@canpelister) August 27, 2013
A source close to situation confirms Hedo-Fenerbahce news. "Talks between Hedo and Fenerbahce continues but nothing finalized yet."— Can Pelister (@canpelister) August 27, 2013
There is the little issue that Turkoglu is still under contract with Orlando. That does not appear to be changing any time soon. There is no reported movement from either side regarding Turkoglu's future. At this point, all you can do is expect him to show up at Amway Center on Oct. 1 for training camp.
Currently, and this could possibly be feeding the rumors of a homecoming for Turkoglu, Turkoglu is playing for Turkey and preparing for Eurobasket beginning next week.
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Turkey went 3-1 in its warmup games since August 16 and will play Poland (without Marcin Gortat) on August 30 in the final warmup before Eurobasket and the team's attempt to qualify for the FIBA World Cup next summer in Spain.
Turkoglu's averages have been mixed and he is now coming off the bench for the traditionally powerful Turkey squad. He is not the same player he once was. But playing international basketball for his home country certainly will motivate him to play better.
Whether that is enough to persuade the Magic or some other NBA team to take him on for this upcoming season is another matter.