Turkoglu still with Magic, will not play

Turkoglu

Hidayet “Hedo” Turkoglu (206 cm) is still currently a member of the Orlando Magic, but it appears that the Turkish NBA veteran will not be playing basketball for them in the foreseeable future. Rumors have circulated about his contract being bought out by the team, but as of now he remains on their active roster. He will not be joining his team when training camp begins.

“Our organization has a great deal of respect for Hedo and the contributions he’s made to the team over the years,” Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel.

“We’ve made an organizational decision to move in a different direction. During the pendency of our buyout negotiations, we’ve mutually agreed to have Hedo remain with his family while we work toward an agreement.”

The 35-year-old Turkoglu was hampered in the 2012-13 season due to injury and was able to play in only 11 games for the Magic. In 17.2 minutes per game, he averaged 2.9 ppg and 2.4 rpg.

At this point, the team is still deciding whether to buy out his contract or include it in a trade package.

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