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'Coveted' Turkoglu looks ahead after Toronto

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07:18 AM ET 07.22 | Hedo Turkoglu's move to Phoenix is, according to him, about a new start. To make the move to Phoenix in a trade that sent Leandro Barbosa and Dwayne Jones to Toronto, Turkoglu agreed to wave $5 million of a trade kicker in his contract and to have only half of the final year in his deal guaranteed. Turkoglu said he never even hesitated. "Not at all," he said. "I didn't even think about it a bit. ... It's worth it. I talked to my agent and said 'Don't even call me back. Just make it happen.' Especially when I heard about Phoenix. I have never been like a money guy. If I was that, I would have stayed in Toronto no matter what -- good, bad -- I would have just collected my money. But it wouldn't be me."

The Arizona Republic

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July 22, 2010  07:54 AM ET

why is he coveted... is there something i'm not seeing?

July 22, 2010  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

why is he coveted... is there something i'm not seeing?

Was going to ask the same thing?

Maybe we are overlooking all of the average skills he possesses...

July 22, 2010  07:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

why is he coveted... is there something i'm not seeing?

Raptors fan, so we didn't covet him but if Phoenix does then so be it. I am happy we are rid of him and I am looking forward to see what Barbosa and Jones can do in Toronto.

July 22, 2010  08:05 AM ET

"I have never been like a money guy. If I was that, I would have stayed in Toronto no matter what -- good, bad -- I would have just collected my money. But it wouldn't be me." -Hedo

Really Hedo? You have never been a "money" guy? You signed a $50 MILLION dollar contract, were given special permission to show up late to camp, get rested. How did you reward your new teammates and fans, pal? By mailing the year in, pouting about your role, partying it up while supposedly sick, and generally playing like a scrub. But, it's all Toronto's fault right?

GARBAGE

July 22, 2010  08:18 AM ET

LMAO, this guy

July 22, 2010  08:24 AM ET

That tells you how bad he wanted out of Toronto after 1 season with them lol

July 22, 2010  08:28 AM ET

get paid shut up and play the f'in gam already,people would give their left nut to be in the money they have..if you don't like it go work at the dollar tree for 8.50 hour then lets here you cry the blues ****

July 22, 2010  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

get paid shut up and play the f'in gam already,people would give their left nut to be in the money they have..if you don't like it go work at the dollar tree for 8.50 hour then lets here you cry the blues ****

I take it the dollar tree is where you work at lol

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July 22, 2010  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I take it the dollar tree is where you work at lol

nope actually run a service shop..

July 22, 2010  08:45 AM ET

At his age and skill level 'coveted' is a stretch. If Turk is leaving money behind to play it should tell you players are getting way overpaid. Owners clearly don't like that. Haslem did the same by shunning Dallas and Denver to stay in Miami. Money doesn't talk anymore. That's one thing we've learned from this year's frea agency which makes sense as to why owners want to pay less.

In the grand scheme of things the CBA is working for the top players and owners are getting screwed. But then you look at what Atlanta did for Joe Johnson and you can't say owners aren't benefitting either...

July 22, 2010  09:19 AM ET

Shoulda never left Sactown bro.

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July 22, 2010  09:45 AM ET

Slightly better than average NBA Player. He is way overpaid.

July 22, 2010  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

At his age and skill level 'coveted' is a stretch. If Turk is leaving money behind to play it should tell you players are getting way overpaid. Owners clearly don't like that. Haslem did the same by shunning Dallas and Denver to stay in Miami. Money doesn't talk anymore. That's one thing we've learned from this year's frea agency which makes sense as to why owners want to pay less. In the grand scheme of things the CBA is working for the top players and owners are getting screwed. But then you look at what Atlanta did for Joe Johnson and you can't say owners aren't benefitting either...

Atlanta was stupid. They should have let Joe walk. Crawford could have replaced him in the starting line up and they could have signed childress for the bench.

July 22, 2010  10:18 AM ET

Does your wife approve, Bro?

July 22, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Was going to ask the same thing? Maybe we are overlooking all of the average skills he possesses...

Clearly overlooking these average skills he possesses

July 22, 2010  11:03 AM ET

Hits a few shots in Orlando a few years back and he has been riding those clips ever since.

Team owners are like kids,.. they want a player if some other owner wants him, having little to do with the quality of the player.

July 22, 2010  11:19 AM ET

his greed cost orlando a chance at title. while carter might be more talented turkgolu was a better fit for Orlando. There was another ballhandler and faciltator of offense .

 
July 22, 2010  11:36 AM ET

Another example of a bad contract. Toronto is lucky to get rid of him. Still questionable why they wanted him in the first place........

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