D.J. White and Hedo Turkoglu - Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
The veteran forward is nearing his return from a broken left hand he suffered in Orlando's season opener.
The Orlando Magic may soon have a new addition to their forward rotation, as they've upgraded Hedo Türkoğlu to "doubtful" for their game against the Washington Wizards on Friday, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, after Türkoğlu practiced in full on Thursday. "I know it's coming... It's going to be soon," Türkoğlu said of his return, according to Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com.
Türkoğlu has missed the Magic's last 27 games after breaking his left (non-shooting) hand in their season-opening win against the Denver Nuggets. Brian Schmitz reports that Türkoğlu will travel to Washington, D.C. with the team and that he could play.
Türkoğlu, 33, started at small forward in Orlando's season-opener. In his absence, coach Jacque Vaughn used DeQuan Jones, Josh McRoberts, and Arron Afflalo there before settling Moe Harkless. It's unclear what role Vaughn envisions for the Istanbul native going forward, but he did say Thursday that getting Türkoğlu back would be "a plus," according to Savage.
Now in his 13th season, Türkoğlu owns career averages of 12 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.