The Orlando Magic played only eight guys in Wednesday's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, though they did have 10 players available. Instead, coach Jacque Vaughn kept two veterans--small forward Hedo Türkoğlu, 34, and big man Al Harrington, 33-- on the bench.
"I would like to keep playing here," Türkoğlu said after the Magic's shootaround on Wednesday, according to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. "I was here more years than anywhere in my career."
Türkoğlu's short- and long-term futures with Orlando are in doubt. Only half of his $12 million salary for 2013/14 is guaranteed, meaning the Magic can waive him to free a roster spot for the relatively low cost of a $6 million cap hit. And if he can't get onto the floor in a game in which Orlando only used eight players, it stands to reason that he probably won't play under any other circumstances.
Türkoğlu was eligible to play Wednesday, as he had served all 20 games of an NBA suspension for a violation of its banned substances policy. In 11 games in 2012/13, Türkoğlu has averaged 2.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.6 assists on 26.4 percent shooting.