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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Hedo to Toronto?

HoopsHype - NBA Rumors

Hedo has reportedly turned down a 5 year $57 million offer from Portland and is headed to Toronto for $60 million or more? That is a lot to pay for one year with Chris Bosh. Also cuts Toronto from resigning Marion and Carlos Delfino.

Does this open a possibility for a sign and trade for some combination of Anthony Parker (34 y.o. SG), Carlos Delfino (26 y.o. SG) and Shawn Marion (31 y.o. F)? Toronto either has to trade them or renounce them in order to sign Hedo.

Marion is better than Battie, could fill a PF/C role (as he did for Phoenix). Add either Gortat or Brandon Bass and the Magic have a very good bench.

I am definitely hoping for something like this. Marion could either start and push Lewis to SF, or be a true game changing 6th man.

It's probably too good for the Magic to pursue.


  • At 12:11 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    From Hollinger at ESPN:

    However, those four may not have any decent teammates, because it looks like Toronto will have to gut much of the roster to create the cap space for Turkoglu. Toronto is reportedly offering a five-year, $52 million deal for Turkoglu, which means they might have to renounce the rights to Shawn Marion, Carlos Delfino, Anthony Parker and Joey Graham (as well as Quincy Douby, Jake Voskuhl and Pops Mensah-Bonsu) and round out the roster with minimum-salary players. Turkoglu and 19-year-old rookie DeMar DeRozan would be the only wings on the roster.

    Seen in that light this looks like a terrible move. Toronto could have re-signed Marion, Parker and Delfino and then used its midlevel exception to add Kleiza and possibly another player, making the Raptors a much deeper and well-balanced player. Instead they've possibly left themselves extremely thin nearly everywhere, just for the privilege of overpaying a 30-year-old non-star for the next half-decade.

    I say "possibly" because there are some ways out of this scenario. For starters, if the cap number came in higher than expected on July 8 and the Raptors worked Turkoglu's deal as a sign-and-trade with Orlando (generating a huge trade exception and, say, the rights to Greek big man Georgios Printezis for the Magic), they might also be able to re-sign restricted free agent Carlos Delfino.

    And if they could do it as a sign-and-trade involving Marion or Parker, it opens up more avenues for the Magic to retain some talent. It's not clear that Orlando would have a use for Marion, or if the tax-paying Magic would be willing to take on any salary at all.

    But it's possible they would have some use for a player like Parker in particular, who would fill Courtney Lee's role as a defensive ace and knock-down shooter. If not, involving a third team might be able to get them a player they covet more. Over the next several days, I'm sure both Toronto and Orlando will be looking hard at these possibilities -- and that Marion's agent, Dan Fegan, will be looking even harder.

  • At 6:27 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Toronto would have four talented players in Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani, and Chris Bosh along with Hedo Turkoglu; but, as mentioned, it looks like they would be extremely thin on the rest of their roster because of all the players they would have to renounce the rights to.

    Interesting possibilities if a sign-and-trade can be worked out between the Raptors and Magic involving Turk.


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