The Case for Turkoglu

In case you missed by plea for Hedo Turkoglu yesterday, scroll down to the ‘Happy Memorial Day’ post and you’ll see my thoughts. Now comes this link from Empty the Bench (via Ball Don’t Lie) which discusses what comes next for Turkoglu. Writer Brendan K. O’Grady names three possible destinations and I’ll give you a quick guess on what team is one of them:

“Portland Trailblazers: This could be the best fit possible for both Hedo and the Blazers. With Nate McMillan unable to establish a clear first option at the 3 between Nic Batum and Martell Webster, and the franchise still noncommittal to Travis Outlaw, Portland can turn a major question mark into a strong suit, trading out of a position filled by the team’s youngest players for a playoff tested veteran with enough good years left to stay productive while the rest of the team matures around him. This would also free up Portland for a number of possible options, such as moving Webster/Batum or letting Outlaw leave in free agency (rather than shell out a bigger payday for the athletic, but inconsistent, swingman.)

And, just like in Toronto and Detroit, Turkoglu could also compensate for the backcourt shortcomings of the Blazers, who currently rely on mercurial guards Steve Blake and Sergio Rodriguez. Adding Hedo makes another guy for the Blazers with range to the 3-point line that sees the floor like a point. Having another consistent option to carry the ball up court takes pressure off of Blake (or, if the franchise commits to him, Jerryd Bayless) and let’s them focus on making open shots. Hedo would also further free up Brandon Roy to play more as a true off guard while both players are on the floor. The added elements of versatility and experience would be invaluable to the Trailblazers.”

PREACH! I think i tried to say some of that yesterday, but that’s pretty good stuff right here. Sure he’s 30 and inconsistent and might have peaked…but still. Hedo with Portland would be nice. I didn’t want to copy-and-paste his whole part about Portland, but I ended up having too. There’s no one who could possibly tell me that signing Hedo or at least trying to sign Hedo would be a bad thing. Come on now people get on the Turkoglu Express!!

Tags: Hedo Turkoglu Portland

  • Walker

    There isn’t an argument in the world that suggests he wouldn’t be a good fit. I love his game… but I wonder if he’d be willing to defer to Brandon and LMA?

    Maybe I overestimate his role in Orlando. Thoughts?

  • Coup

    I’ve never heard a thing about Turkoglu having problems fitting in, deferring, or doing things like complaining about shots. The fact that he can play point forward is a huge plus, and he’s a shot/playmaker. His defense isn’t going to get much better, but that’s where Batum/Martell could come in.

    Really, there’s only two worries I have with him. First, he’s 30, and second what kind of contract would he need since, again, he’s 30. If we could sign him (realistically) to a five-year deal with a team option on the fifth year, all for around, say, $55 million, then I’m all for it.

    Of course, you better believe you can trade Webster/Outlaw for something usable. And I’d really hate to trade Webster.

    Sign Turkoglu, then package him at the trade deadline with Outlaw and Bayless for CP3? Probably not, but the point is if you can get good talent at a reasonable price, you should always consider it and deal with the surplus later.

  • Alex S.

    ok i’ll play devil’s advocate…. other than “playoff experience”, what does hedo offer that a younger martell doesn’t? the whole blazers roster has playoff experience now (er…sans martell). Signing Hedo and praying we can offload other SF’s scares me.

    I want a veteran/scoring point guard to take pressure off brandon. Playoffs showed us that we need that didn’t it? Let the little SF whipper snappers battle it out for minutes.

  • SJ

    The ability to handle the ball. He can play point forward, against Boston and Cleveland he’s operated very well in the pick and roll, he’s able to make plays for himself and others. For instance he just pump faked a three, drew a defender and kicked it to Alston for a three. He would take a lot of pressure off of Roy. Martell still hasn’t quite gotten it down that he can do more than just hit spot up 3′s. Every now and then he’ll get some attack in his game but it’s so inconsistent. If he does, different story, but the difference is I’ve seen it from Turkoglu in huge situations.

    Yeah, but who are we going to get? Kidd? Andre Miller? I’ll take Turkoglu over them thank you very much. Because in a hypothetical world, you could put Turkoglu at the 1 or have him handle the ball alongside Roy, slicing Blake’s minutes a bit.

    I’m all fine with letting Batum/Martell/Travis fight it out but the fact is one of them is eventually going to have to go. No room to play three guys, why not upgrade and get to make some trades?

  • Walker

    I’m sensing Coup’s longing for a Scottie Pippen-esque player to return to a Blazers uniform.

    Every time I hear the term “point forward,” I think of #33, God love ‘em… Though Turk’s D isn’t going to make anyone think 50 all-time best.

  • Coup

    Scottie’s D in a Blazers uniform didn’t make anyone think 50 All-Time best either…

    Just watch that damn NBA commercial. Kobe goes right, Scottie goes right. Kobe goes left, Scottie is back in Portland eating a hot dog.

  • Brendan K.

    Thanks for the love, SJ. As an NBA fan in general, I really hope to see Hedo in a Blazers uniform.

    If you’re interested (and willing to forgive more self-promotion) I continued the conversation at my regular blog today (link above.)

    Keep up the good work at RCP.

  • Shadow

    KP talking about Nash??? Might be.

    Bayless, Outlaw, draft picks, cash and filler

    Not saying it is a great idea.

    Just saying they might be talking

  • Neilan

    Cons :

    IMO Hedo is one of the worst wing defenders in the NBA. Slow laterally, poor man to man defense. The Magic had some great team defense on LeBron, but it was in spite of Turk.

    He shot something like 41% from the field during the regular season.

    After the 2009 playoffs, Hedo will demand a huge contract. I’m sure the Blazers could afford it, but it will require a long term deal and his cost will push the Blazers well into the Luxury tax territory until 2013-2014 once Roy and LMA are resigned.


    His passing will open up the Blazer defense and his experience with Howard should really help Oden’s development.

    Hedo is lights out from the perimeter and he’s clutch.

    My Opinion:

    If the Blazers are to sign Turkoglu, the need to improve defensively at the PG position. Now that the Magic reached the finals, I am not sure Orlando will allow him to go.