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#1 CarolinaPanthers8789

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 02:42 PM

Source: ESPN

Free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu changed his mind Friday and decided not to join the Portland Trail Blazers, opting instead to accept a five-year $53 million offer from the Toronto Raptors, sources told ESPN.com.

The decision left the Blazers livid and was a huge coup for the Raptors, who have promised Turkoglu all of the salary-cap space they will have from renouncing their rights to Shawn Marion, Anthony Parker and Carlos Delfino, which will likely add up to a starting salary in the $10.1 million range, with eight percent annual raises.

The Raptors have until July 7 to renounce Marion, Delfino and Parker, so it remains a possibility and that a sign-and-trade deal could take shape between Toronto and Turkoglu's former team, Orlando. But as of now, it is straight up deal between Turkoglu and Toronto that can be announced July 8.

A source close to the discussions said Turkoglu had given a verbal commitment to the Blazers on Thursday, then alerted the team on Friday morning that he was having second thoughts. By mid-afternoon Pacific time, the Blazers were told the deal was dead and Turkoglu would be signing with the Raptors.

Turkoglu will make about $3 million more over the life of the contract than he would have made in Portland, but a bigger reason for his change of heart, a source told ESPN.com, was his desire to play in Toronto, a more international and cosmopolitan city -- one with a large Turkish population -- and his familiarity with the Eastern Conference after having spent the last five seasons with the Magic.

Turkoglu's about-face sent shockwaves throughout the NBA, and parallels were being drawn between his decision and the 2004 episode when Carlos Boozer reneged on a deal to re-sign with Cleveland after they released him from his contract, then stunned the Cavs by signing with Utah. The difference in this case, according to one person with detailed knowledge of the discussions, was that Turkoglu did not intentionally or unintentionally deceive the Blazers, but instead had a change of heart after giving the Blazers his word.

Earlier Friday, ESPN.com's Henry Abbott reported that Turkoglu had agreed in principle to a deal with the Trail Blazers, citing sources. The report, which said the deal couldn't be formally signed until the NBA salary cap is set next Wednesday, followed a Wednesday night dinner in Orlando between Turkoglu and Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, followed by two days of negotiations.

After ESPN.com reported the agreement in principle, several news organizations confirmed it, using sources, before the deal fell apart hours later.

Turkoglu, a 6-foot-10 forward and nine-year veteran who played a prominent role in the Magic's recent trip to the NBA Finals, played for Sacramento and San Antonio before signing with Orlando as a free agent in 2004.

This season, following Jameer Nelson's shoulder injury in January, he often ran Orlando's fourth-quarter offense. His size, shooting and passing skills created matchup problems for the Celtics and Cavaliers in the playoffs, and against the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals, Turkoglu averaged 18 points.

The Blazers now go back to having about $9 million in salary cap space to bolster a team that won 54 games last season and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2003, but it was unclear where they would turn their attention after expending all their energy in pursuit of Turkoglu while several other free agent small forwards, including Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza, were negotiating deals elsewhere.

One intriguing possibility could be Marion, who turned down a four-year offer from Toronto in excess of $30 million, a source told ESPN.com.

As for the Raptors, the signing signaled their intention of trying to immediately assemble a championship-caliber team that could present matchup problems for Orlando, Boston and Cleveland as they try to persuade superstar Chris Bosh to stay in Toronto when he becomes a free agent next summer.

Toronto's projected starting five for 2009-10 now includes Turkoglu, Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and rookie DeMar DeRozan, with Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries and Roko Ukic the key reserves until general manager Brian Colangelo fills out the roster with minimum-salaried players. Humphries and backup guard Quincy Douby have only partial guarantees for next season, and it was not immediately clear whether they would be waived -- and whether unrestricted free agent Joey Graham would be renounced -- to clear additional cap space for Turkoglu.

Edited by CarolinaPanthers8789, 04 July 2009 - 02:19 PM.


#2 carpanfan96

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 02:45 PM

It's a 5 year deal worth around 50 million.

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:58 PM

he backed out of the deal....likely to sign with the Raptors

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 11:35 AM

he backed out of the deal....likely to sign with the Raptors


It's official now, he signed with the Raptors. What a dumb move for him.

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 12:46 PM

It's official now, he signed with the Raptors. What a dumb move for him.


Raptors have a good team, no where near as good as the Blazers but a playoff team in the east now

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 12:47 PM

i can understand it for the reasons ESPN gave

Turkoglu will make about $3 million more over the life of the contract than he would have made in Portland, but a bigger reason for his change of heart, a source told ESPN.com, was his desire to play in Toronto, a more international and cosmopolitan city -- one with a large Turkish population -- and his familiarity with the Eastern Conference after having spent the last five seasons with the Magic.

http://sports.espn.g...tory?id=4305310

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 12:56 PM

Raptors have a good team, no where near as good as the Blazers but a playoff team in the east now


They may be a playoff team for one year before Chris Bosh takes off in free agency next year. It will be interesting to see where Shawn Marion ends up.

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 01:48 PM

They still don't have a PG. Well a good one that is.

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 02:12 PM

That's the great thing about Turk, the offense in Toronto now Runs through him. Just like it did in Orlando. Pick and Roll with Bosh will be nasty.

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 02:15 PM

Thanks to whoever fixed it. Much appreciated.

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 09:27 PM

Going to the Blazers would have been a better move. They would have been very tough.

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 10:37 PM

They still don't have a PG. Well a good one that is.


Jose Calderon is a damn good PG, he was averaging 13 points, 9 assist, 1 steal, 2 TO a game on 50% shooting from the floor, 40% shooting from 3pt, and 98% from the line.

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 10:39 PM

Toronto's Starting lineup is pretty nasty. Bosh, Turkoglu, Calderon, Bargani, DeRozan.

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 04:52 PM

I followed the raptors for several years, but gave up on NBA teams because of the player movement that takes place. There is usually so much roster turnaround that it gets crazy.

The problem with Toronto was and still is no interior defense and rebounding because they lack a true center. Bosh is a nice player but no where near as aggressive as he should be and has been called out many times before. Bargs has no defense.

So the only way Toronto gets better is to trade Bosh (they will lose him anyway) to get some interior power. I know Colangelo wants to run the court like in Phoenix, but Bosh is not Amare and Bargs is not Marion.

Build around Calderon and Hedo now, or get burned in a year.

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 10:44 PM

Bargs improved a bit last year on interior defense. He average 1.2 blocks, which isn't bad for his weight. They need to pick up Mcdyess or someone like that to help out in the middle. I Would trade Bosh for a starting caliber tough center, just not a lot of those that are good and would be worth trading Bosh for.

Edited by carpanfan96, 08 July 2009 - 09:05 PM.