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NBA free agency 2013: Fenerbahçe still working to sign Hedo Türkoğlu, GM says

The Turkish club still hopes to sign Türkoğlu, but freeing him from his Magic contract has proven challenging, its general manager said.

Hedo Türkoğlu
Hedo Türkoğlu
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Hedo Türkoğlu is still under contract with the Orlando Magic, but the 34-year-old forward is in demand overseas. In an interview with Niki Bakouli of, Fenerbahçe Ülker general manager Mirsad Türkcan confirmed his team's interest in Türkoğlu.

"We need to fix a lot of things in order to get him and I don't think it will be easy," Türkcan said. "You never know what will happen. We are already speaking about it the last two or three weeks, it's not done yet and it's not easy." Fenerbahçe plays in Türkoğlu's hometown of Istanbul, and Türkcan and Türkoğlu were teammates with Efes Pilsen in the late 1990s.

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Can Pelister of first reported Fenerbahçe's interest in Türkoğlu. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reported that Orlando is working on a buyout agreement with Türkoğlu, though no such agreement is imminent. He has one season worth $12 million remaining on his contract, though only $6 million of that figure is guaranteed.

Türkoğlu is presently representing his home country in EuroBasket. He is coming off a miserable 2012/13 NBA season, one in which he shot 26.4 percent from the floor. Injuries, a league-mandated suspension, and the Magic's general lack of interest in playing him ruled Türkoğlu out of all but 11 games for Orlando.

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