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Orlando Magic rumor: Reports of a Hedo Türkoğlu buyout differ

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Two conflicting reports about Orlando's chances of reaching a buyout with Türkoğlu emerged Tuesday.

Hedo Türkoğlu
Hedo Türkoğlu
Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The Orlando Magic have long been expected to either waive or buy out Hedo Türkoğlu, given his large salary and unproductive 2012/13 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday, citing "league sources," that Orlando and Türkoğlu were "progressing" on talks of a buyout. Only half of Türkoğlu's $12 million salary for 2013/14 is guaranteed.

But Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel followed up Wojnarowski's report by saying that a buyout of Türkoğlu was not "imminent," as his salary won't become fully guaranteed until January. Robbins did reiterate that he "would be surprised" if Türkoğlu were on Orlando's roster when the season begins.

Türkoğlu, 34, appeared in just 11 games for the Magic in 2012/13. He suffered a broken hand in Orlando's season-opening victory against the Denver Nuggets, which injury required extensive rehabilitation time, and was then suspended for testing positive for a banned substance.

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