Friday, July 3, 2009
Blazers Become Hedo-Nists With Turkoglu Signing
After leading Magic to NBA Finals appearance, Hedo Turkoglu takes his drive to Portland, agreeing in principle with Blazers on a deal that will be announced next week. (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)
The acquisition of Vince Carter spelled the end of the Hedo Turkoglu era in Orlando, just weeks after Turkoglu carried the Magic into the NBA Finals, opting out of his deal after the Magic were eliminated by the Lakers. Now, Turkoglu gets to face Los Angeles more often, agreeing in principle to join the Blazers in a deal that will be finalized next week when the salary cap becomes official. Turkoglu is the prize in a free agent crop that is good, but not as big as next year's, which could include big names such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Turkoglu had been seeking a five-year deal worth roughly $50 million, and would become the Blazers' second option behind point guard Brandon Roy.