Hedo Turkoglu and Blazers reach agreement

Via Blazersedge and Henry Abbott (great scoop) — and ESPN:

According to Henry Abbott of TrueHoop, as reported on ESPN’s Sportscenter, the Portland Trail Blazers have reached an agreement in principle with free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu.  The terms of the deal have not been finalized.

This has seemed certain for a day now, but the confirmation is always nice. As I’ve said before, I like the deal because Roy doesn’t have to initiate all the offense now, and all the Blazers bigs have a wing with court vision to get them easy buckets off the pick-and-roll. We’ll analyze this later, though. Right now we’re waiting on the terms of the deal. Keep an eye on the length of the deal, whether it includes any team options, and whether or not it eats up all of Portland’s cap space (since they were bidding against themselves at this point.

UPDATE (3:00 ET) John Hollinger’s take on the deal:

Turkoglu for $50 million is an imperfect solution, certainly, but it’s a far better one than squandering the space by waiting, or by paying similar money to jam a square peg into a round hole. And as Turkoglu’s soon-to-be-former teammates in Orlando showed last month, even in the current economic situation overpaying for a part that fits can work out awfully well.

I’m glad brought up the Rashard Lewis deal from two years back in his article. Almost everybody with a pen or a keyboard trashed the Magic for giving Lewis $122 million two years ago, but he was a good fit on the team and helped them get to the NBA Finals. Who’s trashing that deal now?

UPDATE (6:11 ET) According to Jason Quick, Hedo has not yet agreed to a deal with the Blazers, though a 5-year, $52 million deal is on the table. I don’t see how Turkoglu wouldn’t accept the deal, seeing as how Toronto has offered a deal to Shawn Marion and probably wouldn’t be able to offer more money.

Despite published reports to the contrary, Hedo Turkoglu has not reached an agreement with the Trail Blazers, a team source announced at 2:20 p.m. Friday. ESPN first reported that a deal had been reached in principle, but general manager Kevin Pritchard and Turkoglu agent Lon Babby have not confirmed the deal.

Ric Bucher again mentioned the tidbit about Turkoglu’s wife liking Toronto, which may (I guess, who knows) be holding things up. Or Hedo’s agent might be holding out for a few extra bones. Turkoglu is said to be in Portland for another day, so I don’t see how this doesn’t get done. There’s not exactly a huge rush to get it done today.

Topics: Blazers, ESPN, Hedo Turkoglu, Henry Abbott, John Hollinger, Portland Trail Blazers, Rashard Lewis

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  • Brent Johnson

    Let the experiment begin.

  • Brett

    One questions:

    On defense who is going to guard their own man and Turkapoos?

  • http://ripcityproject.com Coup

    Double teaming is not exactly a foreign idea to the Blazers. The guys that would torch Hedo (like Kobe) would draw doubles regardless.

    If Batum is in the game, who initiates the offense while Roy is doubled?

    If Outlaw is in the game, who doubles off their own man to help on Outlaw’s? And then who helps initiate the offense?

    The questions you’re asking can be asked about anybody. Hedo might not be athletic enough to guard the best scorers in the league, but how many people are? Hedo’s at least intelligent enough to push his man toward the center, and thus the trap, as he showed in Orlando.

  • Billyjoejack

    The Blazers still need a back up power forward and IMO Antonio McDyess is that player that they at that spot.
    Mark ‘Dyess’ down for a double-double each night. After re-joining Detroit mid-season, the polite veteran posted a workmanlike 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. McDyess could replace Yao in Houston, where he, coincidentally, has his off-season home. Make him an offer KP and let him know Portland is where he needs to be if he wants a RING. The Blazers need McDyess as their back up power forward/Center.

  • Billyjoejack

    The Blazers still need a back up power forward and IMO Antonio McDyess is that player that they need at that spot.
    Mark ‘Dyess’ down for a double-double each night. After re-joining Detroit mid-season, the polite veteran posted a workmanlike 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. McDyess could replace Yao in Houston, where he, coincidentally, has his off-season home. Make him an offer KP and let him know Portland is where he needs to be if he wants a RING. The Blazers need McDyess as their back up power forward/Center.

  • http://ripcityproject.com Coup

    Not sure what KP can offer Dice after using the cap space on Hedo. Pretty sure they don’t have a midlevel exception this year.

    I’d love to get Dice, Brandon Bass or Leon Powe (health providing) as the backup 4, but I’m guessing we enter the season with Pendergraph backing up LMA in limited minutes, and Turkoglu playing some minutes there as well against some lineups.

  • Bump

    I love the signing… This really adds such a crazy dimension to the team and adds the pick and roll factor. This will make Oden better, LMA better, Roy better… Everybody better.. They can put a “big” lineup out that will be a matchup nightmare. I would be really excited to see Hinrich brought in or Bayless givin more minutes… Bayless will give that explosive slash to the rim factor we need from the point. Im really looking forward to seeing Hedo move between SF and Point Forward…. Very exciting time to be a Blazer fan indeed

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