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Scratch that, Hedo ditches Portland

Well, so much for that idea. Hedo Turkoglu has pulled out of talks with the Blazers and is likely headed to Toronto to sign a new deal. It’s confirmed by The Oregonian, ESPN, CBS, the Grinch, Snuffleupagus and my bag of Sour Patch Kids.

From Quick’s story:

“It just wasn’t the right fit,” the source said. “When you are talking about that much money, everybody involved has to feel great. If you don’t on either side, it doesn’t work.”

ESPN’s Ric Bucher reported that Turkoglu’s wife played a major factor in the decision, as she preferred living in Toronto more than she did Portland. The Raptors were the Blazers’ staunchest opponent in the race to sign the 6-foot-10 forward, and appear to be the likely destination for the 30-year-old.

The part about his wife might be the biggest shame to me, because the City of Portland just got dissed in the national eye, when in fact it’s actually very similar to Portland. Actually the biggest shame is that everyone gets screwed here, other than Turkoglu, who gets his money and you can’t fault him at all for that. Portland loses out on the best playmaker on the market, the guy who would prolong Brandon Roy’s career by taking pressure off him on a nightly basis, the guy who would help Greg Oden develop by actually assisting to him, and Toronto is in trouble because they are going to overpay and be left with a big contract and a bad team (having had to renounce half their rotation to make room to sign Hedo) when Chris Bosh leaves next summer. So nobody wins. Great day. Lets all exchange high fives and sing songs around the campfire. In Portland or Toronto, you pick.

Of course now the Blazers still have their cap room and there is still talent on the market. I doubt they try to sign another SF because there just isn’t another one out there who can facilitate the offense like Turkoglu can, so maybe they put in a bid for Jason Kidd, or go the power forward route and go after Paul Millsap. The lopsided trade angle is open again, and it’s probably a route Kevin Pritchard chooses to explore once more (though you’d imagine they didn’t see anything they liked before). We’ll try and put together the remaining free agent options and possible directions soon, but being a holiday weekend the news might be a little slow.

Topics: Blazers, CBS, ESPN, Hedo Turkoglu, Kevin Prtichard, Toronto Raptors

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  • Bump

    wow…. so much for that.

  • Bump

    this really bums me out… having Hedo running the point forward really would have put this team through the roof.

  • Tommy Walter

    The other free agent that Portland should really try to land is Lamar Odom. He is a very similar player to Hedo but more athletic, there is a character flag here, but with the already tight core of players the Blazers have, I doubt that one player can ruin that. He can defend multiple positions and has a lot in his offensive arsenal. I really like him and he could help the Blazers as much as Hedo would have.

  • Brett

    What a blessing!!! How does the salary cap work? Is it use or lose it? Can we use it in a trade for an expensive player?

  • Tommy Walter

    Im not sure but Portland offered Hedo a 5 year 50 million dollar deal and Lamar is looking for 10 million per year, so we definitely have the money under the cap. I just feel that he is so very similar but younger and more athletic and better defensively than Hedo. They should really look harder at him. He has the chance to really push the Blazers far.