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Report: Orlando Magic to waive Hedo Turkoglu

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Turkoglu could be sought after when he passes waivers. (USATSI)
Hedo Turkoglu could be sought after when he passes waivers. (USATSI)

The Orlando Magic couldn't get any takers on Hedo Turkoglu's non fully guaranteed contract this season. With a $12 million price tag, only $6 million of that contract was guaranteed this year, possibly offering a team some luxury tax savings had they acquired him and promptly waived him to save the money. That didn't happen and now it looks like the Magic are finally prepared to part ways with Turkoglu.

The Magic will reportedly waive Turkoglu on Friday, removing him from the roster and giving him a chance to sign with another team for the rest of the season.

Turkoglu hasn't played this season. The team and Turkoglu worked on a buyout in the offseason and the team reportedly tried to move him at various points but the market simply wasn't there for acquiring his cap number. He only played in 11 games in 2012-13 and shot just 26.4 percent from the field while averaging 2.9 points in 17.6 minutes. Considering he'd only cost his next team the league minimum this season at a prorated number, there could be teams looking to grab him for the stretch run.

Turkoglu going to the Lakers could help them if he's capable of playing like he did a few seasons ago. He can be a point forward type of weapon for a team when healthy and productive, and the Lakers are running out of players who can handle the ball right now. The Hawks just lost Al Horford for the season and could use another forward on the roster.

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