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Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 3, 2009 3:01 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2009 7:13 pm
 

Hedo Turkoglu and the Portland Trail Blazers have reached an agreement in principle on a five-year contract, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

Though Turkoglu's agent, Lon Babby, cautioned that details were still being finalized Friday, a high-level coaching source with direct knowledge of the situation said those details were minor and that Turkoglu, a 30-year-old forward who is one of the most versatile players in the game, has given a commitment to sign with the Blazers.

UPDATE: Portland's main competition for Turkoglu, the Toronto Raptors, are indicating that they've decided to back away from a bidding war and focus on re-signing their own free agents, Shawn Marion and Carlos Delfino. Both Marion and Delfino are close to agreements with Toronto, a high-ranking source with knowledge of those discussions said. Delfino is closer than Marion, the person said, due to ongoing disagreement about his value. That would seem to leave open the possibility of a sign-and-trade for Marion, although another person familiar with the Marion talks said the Cavs, who are pursuing Parker, never asked about Marion.

Toronto was approached Thursday by Cleveland about a possible sign and trade for another one of its free agents, Anthony Parker. The Raptors would've had to renounce their rights to all three in order to top Portland's offer for Turkoglu, which CBSSports.com reported early Wednesday would be a five-year deal for about $50 million.

Exact figures won't be available until the league-wide moratorium on player movement is lifted on July 8, when contracts agreed to during the negotiating period can be signed.

UPDATE: Adding Turkoglu gives the Blazers a potent and versatile threat who can handle the ball, produce devastating results in pick-and-roll situations, and present matchup nightmares for the opponent. At 6-10, Turkoglu can easily shoot over smaller perimeter defenders and is smoother than most frontcourt players attempting to guard him. He is the ideal complement to Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge, and his ability to initiate offensive sets will provide freedom to shooting guard Brandon Roy even if Portland isn't able to upgrade at point guard this summer. It was expected that the Blazers would have to renounce their rights to two overseas players, Joel Freeland and Petteri Koponen, in order to clear cap space for Turkoglu.

UPDATE: Another person familiar with the Blazers' plans said adding point guard Andre Miller, who was thought to have been their No. 1 target before the free-agent bell rang at 12:01 a.m. ET Wednesday, is still a possibility. Given that Turkoglu will use up nearly all of Portland's $9 million in cap space next season, it would appear that a sign-and-trade for Miller would be the most realistic option, although details on Miller's situation have been scarce. 

As for Turkoglu, a 30-year-old player who has never been an All-Star or led the league in any major statistical category, $50 million certainly seems to be the classic case of overpaying. But it's sensible on several fronts for the Blazers, who have extensions for Roy and Aldridge on the horizon and wouldn't have been in a position to improve the roster as much next summer as they are right now. Turkoglu also fits the Blazers' style and helps Roy, their most explosive player. Money well spent, if you ask me.

 

 

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Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2009 9:52 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

HEDO BACKED OUT OF EGOTIATIONS, NOT COMING TO BLAZERS...

WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?!?!? 
With or with out, Portland still gets 60+ wins this season and is at least the clear cut 2nd seed. Don't forget, Portland was tied with the Nuggs for the 2nd best record in the west with 54 last year...  Still puzzled by Hedo's odd behavior!!!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2009 9:39 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

THE DEAL IS OFF! Hedo rejected the deal and is scheduled to leave town tomorrow morning. Wonder where he ends up and who the Blazers will target next with their money.



Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2009 9:20 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

I THINK THIS IS A GREAT FIT FOR THE BLAZERS. HE IS A FLOOR GENERAL, A CLUTCH PERFORMER, AND WILL GET ALL OF HIS INVOLVED. I HAVE THEM IN THE TOP 4 FOR THE WESTERN CONFERENCE COMPETING WITH THE LAKERS, SPURS, AND THE NUGGETS. HIS WILL LET BRANDON ROY EXPAND HIS GAME AND ROOM FREELY WITH OUT THE BALL. THEY DONT HAVE A TRUE POINT GUARD BUT WITH HEDO HE CAN BE THAT POINT FORWARD THEY BEEN LOOKING FOR I THINK IT WAS A GREAT PICK UP.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2009 8:49 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

 

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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 8:17 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

I don't know. Hedo will be missed.  But Carter is a better scorer-= can pass just as well and can create his own shots.  Ryan Anderson is a good fit for Orlando as well.  C. Lee has upside but Alston was very expendable.  The Magic now need to sign a PF / backup C like a Rasheed Wallace or Bass and they should be back in the thick of things!!!



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2009 8:08 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

The Blazers needed another smart player that Nate can count on when teams double up on Roy and Aldridge in the playoff's.

Hedo's extra benefit - he will be the 1st Blazer to feed the ball into Oden on a consistent basis - especially in the pick and roll.

Inbound plays will be much better too, how many times did you see Nate calling a timeout because they couldn't get the ball in?

Hedo in - Outlaw out ..................hopefully.

If I were KP, my next phone call would be to Antonio McDyess to backup Lamarcus.

Nice job KP!

 





Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2009 8:03 pm
 

FROM A MAGIC FAN

Overpaying at 50 mill? That is a steal considering his production and clutch play compared to what the Magic are paying Rashard. Turk may have not been named to an all star team but he has been an all star in Orlando for two seasons. The offense only clicked when he was on. Great size, a great facillitator and a beast to guard at the three. The Magic would be so great this year if they could keep him but they are paying Rashard way too much. Portland will be a 4 or 5 seed this year. Thanks to Turk for his time here in O-town. I hate the business of basketball and he will be missed along with Gortat.



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2009 7:56 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

I'm optimistic that Hedo will help the Blazers with their scoring next season, but I would have rather seen them bring a seasoned vet with more toughness, ala Buck Williams in the 90's.  Oden has not yet shown he can play in the NBA w/o constantly getting into foul trouble, and w/o him on the floor the Blazers lack toughness and aggresive rebounding. 

A healthy Webster should help this year, but I still think the Blazers are 1 player short of contending, and it remains to be seen how Turkoglu fits in.  Hedo at 6' 10" will get his share of rebounds, but to me, he's not that good of a defender (especially at $50 million!).



Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 7:50 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

Considering Hedo plays at least three mediocre seasons for the Blazers, we've done extremely well, much better than ..., let's say, Steve Francis, Raef LaFrentz and of course Darius Miles.  Some of the highest contracts in the NBA the past couple years and they combined for 0 minutes played for the Blazers!  
If you saw Rudy establish the rookie record for 3s, or Batum develop a three-point shot this year, you know Hedo will get plenty of looks himself.  Yes, we are overbooked at SF now, but everyone expects Outlaw to be traded away.  Batum may be packaged too.  Webster's injury may be worse than we've been told too.  
Yes, we are weaker at PG, but Blake had a great year last year and I expect him to peak this year.  If we go after Miller still, great.  If not, I am not worried a bit.  
Yes, we do need a banger on the boards.  We drafted two players to try and fill that void.  Pendergraph is a four-year starter that will get minutes.  If he turns into a Bass or Milsap, great!
We have youth, money and time!
It's time to wait and see.  These are not the Blazers of the past.  



Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 7:49 pm
 

Hedo, Blazers agree to deal (UPDATE)

Hedo is a nice add because of his size and versitility but it comes with a steep price tag. The Blazers are going to be a rediculously tall and long team across the board. But Turk played on a team that was pretty free flowing and a 3 point machine. Nate rules with an iron fist, and going from the spazz to the calm and collected McMillan could go either way. He was the guy on the Magic that had the ball in his hands to make plays. Brandon Roy is the man on the Blazers and he needs the ball in his hands to make plays, so does Turk. Turk isn't like Rashard Lewis who would sit behind the arc and catch and shoot. We have two shooters with Rudy and Webster and we'll be subtracting Outlaw and Blake could be on the move too, they were our 3rd and 4th highest scorers. I'm wondering if these two (Roy and Hedo) are going to click and mesh perfectly or if they're going to struggle with their roles. It'll be an exciting season for the Blazers and their fans!!


GO BLAZERS!!!


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