Wednesday , Sep , 24 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Hedo Turkoglu to Opt out of Deal in ’09

Small forward Hedo Turkoglu was the last Magic player to return to Orlando and reunite with teammates after the offseason, arriving Monday night from his native Turkey.

Turk hopes this won’t be his last summer with the town and the team he adores.

He said Tuesday that he likely will opt out of his contract after the season to become a free agent, signaling the end of his six-year, $39-million deal with the Magic.

He could play out his final season in 2009-10 at $7.3 million. But he seemingly has gained enough leverage and equity after earning the NBA’s most improved player award last season. He turns 30 next March, meaning this is likely his last shot at a lucrative long-term contract.,0,4056210.story