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Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:36 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 12:13 pm
 
A cautionary tale for teams doling out millions to free agents in 2010: In some cases, it's only a matter of time before those same free agents are dumped overboard at a discount.

Case in point: Hedo Turkoglu, the most sought-after free agent of 2009. After leading the Magic to the NBA Finals, Turkoglu flirted with the Trail Blazers before landing in Toronto for five years and $53 million. Twelve months later, the Raptors unloaded the disgruntled forward in a three-team trade with Phoenix and Charlotte.

So much for Turkoglu leading the Raptors anywhere but rebuilding.

The trade expanded into a three-team arrangement Monday, with the Raptors getting Leandro Barbosa from Phoenix and Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw from Charlotte while sending Jose Calderon to the Bobcats, a person with knowledge of the deal told CBSSports.com. The framework is pending a trade call with the NBA office later Monday, the source said.

UPDATED 12:20 a.m. ET: But Yahoo! Sports reported early Tuesday that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was having "second thoughts" about participating in the deal. Jordan's reluctance came after players in the deal had been informed they'd been traded, and it imperiled all but the initial Turkoglu-for-Barbosa portion of the trade.

UPDATED 12:13 p.m. ET: The Toronto Star reported Tuesday afternoon that the Bobcats portion of the deal is dead , nixed by Jordan's concerns.

In the make-believe world of NBA trades, this one actually makes sense. The Raptors get rid of Turkoglu, who was never happy with his role in Toronto, and get a playmaker in Barbosa with only a one-year commitment. They use a portion of the $14.5 million trade exception received in the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade to make the deal pass muster under the 125 percent rule required to validate trades between teams that are over the salary cap. Turkoglu is on the books for $9.8 millon next season.

The Suns, trying to move on after losing Amar'e Stoudemire to the Knicks, made another solid move in acquiring restricted free agent Josh Childress from Atlanta for a second-round pick. By doing so, Phoenix bypasses the offer sheet and seven-day matching procedure for restricted free agents, which eliminates what would've been merely a formality since the Hawks were not going to match an offer sheet for Childress after signing Joe Johnson to a max deal. With Turkoglu's play-making ability and Childress' athleticism, it's hard not to like the Suns' post-Amar'e look. Childress, who gets a five-year, $34 million deal, will give coach Alvin Gentry more flexibility in his rotations. Turkoglu will take some of the pressure off an aging Steve Nash to be the playmaker and ballhandler on every possession.







Comments

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:24 am
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns

As a Raps fan, I like the move. Turk's attitude really seemed to drag us down and handing out a 5 year contract to an over-30 player could have really hamstrung the rebuilding effort. We get an expiring contract back, which could be a useful piece at the trade deadline.

Another deal I hear is in the works is Calderon/Jones (from PHX) for Chandler/Diaw. Mixed feelings on that one, but at the very least the team will have an immensely different look next year!



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:23 am
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns

As a Raps fan, I like the move. Turk's attitude really seemed to drag us down and handing out a 5 year contract to an over-30 player could have really hamstrung the rebuilding effort. We get an expiring contract back, which could be a useful piece at the trade deadline.

Another deal I hear is in the works is Calderon/Jones (from PHX) for Chandler/Diaw. Mixed feelings on that one, but at the very least the team will have an immensely different look next year!



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:22 am
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns

As a Raps fan, I like the move. Turk's attitude really seemed to drag us down and handing out a 5 year contract to an over-30 player could have really hamstrung the rebuilding effort. We get an expiring contract back, which could be a useful piece at the trade deadline.

Another deal I hear is in the works is Calderon/Jones (from PHX) for Chandler/Diaw. Mixed feelings on that one, but at the very least the team will have an immensely different look next year!



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:14 am
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns

Childress will be sooooooooooo much fun to watch in Nash's offense but I worry that he can't shoot. Next to J-Rich that might not matter. Hedo just seems like dead weight to me. He's old and if he's too slow it will murder their transition offense. He was an excellent playmaker for Orlando but they had a big man that the defense had to focus on. To Me Phoenix still needs a formidable big man to once again be a threat out West (a la' Kevin Love??)



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:04 am
 

Turkoglu Gets his Wish.

As I was telling those Raptor fans, he will be traded. And yet, these guys had the belief that the Raps will ultimately make up with Hedo. As for this, the Raptors will also be getting Boris Diaw from Charlotte that Berger fails to make a note on. And by the way, this story, along with the Boris Diaw was broken down yesterday by rotoworld and yet it took Berger (CBS) almost 12 hours to break these trades. Come on CBS, get better NBA analyst. Ahh well, Barbosa can now mentor DeRozan. And for what it's worth the Raps will be in the lottery so they can get themselves another Chris Bosh next season or better yet another Andrea Bargnani. 



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:57 am
 

Berger forgot something

Since Berger has to say everyone always does great, he neglected to mention the fact Turkoglu is a geniunely bad guy. I mean, bad.



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:49 am
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns

2nd Round Pick?  Is that all we get for Chill?  Personally I think he would have been better as a trade piece combined with either Marvin Williams or Josh Smith to land us a Center and PG. 

I guess the rumors of Chill being packaged with one of the other two to Cleveland for Shaq and Mo Williams weren't true.  The Hawks have got to make a trade before the season starts because this "core" group of guys have reached their potential.  Move Josh Smith and his inflated contract along with Mike Bibby and our first rounder next year to the Hornets for Emeka Okafor and Darren Collison.


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