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Magic rumor: Orlando could keep Hedo Türkoğlu for regular season, according to report

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The Magic had been expected to waive the veteran forward before the season, but a report indicates that he might have trade value.

Hedo Türkoğlu
Hedo Türkoğlu
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Given that Hedo Türkoğlu only played 11 games in the 2012/13 season, and that the 35-year-old forward doesn't fit with the Orlando Magic's youth-oriented rebuilding effort, NBA observers have widely assumed that Orlando would either waive him or buy him out of his contract before training camp. Such a move would shave $6 million off the Magic's salary sheet--only that amount of his $12 million salary is guaranteed--and free an additional roster spot.

But as Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD reports, Türkoğlu isn't necessarily on the outs in Orlando. "There is a belief that Türkoğlu and his ending $12 million deal could have trade value around the February trade deadline," Kyler says, "so unless Türkoğlu is willing to offer a discount he may remain on the roster."

Kyler says the Magic are "talking with" Türkoğlu "about a buyout," but that it's not certain that he'll accept one.

Türkoğlu started at small forward for Orlando on opening night in 2012/13, but broke his left hand in that game. He returned 29 games later and appeared in Orlando's next five games before discomfort ing his hand, and poor conditioning stemming from his long absence, took him back out of the lineup. He returned to the team for another five-game stretch until the NBA suspended him 20 games for a violation of its drug policy. He served his suspension and did not play again.

Türkoğlu has career averages of 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

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