Rumor: Toronto sending Turkoglu to Sacramento?
The Kings need a small forward with an ability to put the ball on the floor and general manager Geoff Petrie drafted Turkoglu and shepherded his development into one of the NBA’s more versatile players. League executives believe Sacramento would need Toronto to minimally take forward Andres Nocioni and the two years, $13.5 million left on his contract.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Oh, how times have changed.
Last year, Hedo Turkoglu was the best player on the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic. Around the league, his stock was sky high. And with free agency pending, he had more suitors than Brett Michaels on Rock of Love.
Like Michaels, Turkoglu cashed in, signing a five-year, $53 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.
However, 2010 was a disaster. To recap: Turkoglu came fat and happy to training camp, struggled all year, and, on several occasions, displayed poor professionalism.
Now he wants out, requesting a trade via the media. And the Toronto Raptors would be happy to accommodate him. Is Sacramento a fit, though?
Well, the Kings drafted and nurtured Turkoglu, so both sides know each other well. And the Kings – after spending years stockpiling good, young talent – have cap space to burn.
But would financially prudent Sacramento want the remaining four years and $40 million on Turkoglu’s big ticket? And would they want a veteran with a questionable work ethic influencing their youngsters?
Yes, times have changed for Turkoglu. And moving him will be difficult.
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