Turkoglu Finalizes Deal With Raptors

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors claimed their top offseason target by finalizing the acquisition of Turkish forward Hedo Turkoglu on Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 Turkoglu hit the market when the Orlando Magic acquired Vince Carter from New Jersey. Turkoglu opted out of his contract and was close to a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers last Friday before Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo swooped in.

Technically, Turkoglu re-signed with Orlando and was traded to Toronto as part of an eight-player, four-team deal. The Raptors also sent Shawn Marion, forward Kris Humphries and center Nathan Jawai to Dallas, and they received swingmen Antoine Wright and Devean George. In addition, Toronto gave Memphis a second-round pick and cash, plus the Raptors gave cash to Orlando.

Turkoglu, a nine-year NBA veteran with a great shooting touch, helped the Magic reach the NBA finals last season.

Agent Lon Babby said the player and his wife Banu were intrigued by Toronto's ethnic diversity, including a large Turkish community.

He averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season, and has averaged 12.3 points and 4.2 rebounds over his career, which included stints with Sacramento and San Antonio before he signed with Orlando as a free agent in 2004.

Turkoglu is a 38.5 percent shooter from 3-point range.

He'll join a team that already has a distinctly international flavor, with Jose Calderon of Spain, Roko Ukic of Croatia, and Andrea Bargnani of Italy, who agreed to a five-year contract extension on Wednesday.


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