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Blazers make play for Turkoglu

Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:18 am
Edited on: July 1, 2009 10:37 am
Determined to make the first splash of the NBA's free-agent negotiating period early Wednesday, the Portland Trail Blazers are making a strong push to sign Hedo Turkoglu, the prized free agent of the summer.

While negotiations across the league were in the early stages, a person with knowledge of the discussions said the Blazers are trying to lure Turkoglu with a deal in the $50-million range. Contracts cannot be signed until July 7, when the annual moratorium on signing and trading players is lifted.

Other teams expected to make a play for Turkoglu, who earned a huge pay day by helping Orlando get to the NBA Finals, were Toronto, Detroit, and Sacramento. The Magic, who acquired Vince Carter from the Nets on the belief that they could not retain Turkoglu, are not expected to be a factor in a situation that involves Turkoglu getting $10 million a year.

UPDATE: Turkoglu's agent, Lon Babby, told the Oregonian that the Blazers were the first team to call. "They were enthusiastic and well received by us," Babby said. "We are engaged in the process. We will see where it takes us in the next couple of days and take it from there."

GM Kevin Pritchard and assistant GM Tom Penn first called Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, who are seeking extensions from the team, the Oregonian reported. In order to clear cap space for Turkoglu, the Blazers likely would have to renounced their rights to both Joel Freeland and Petteri Koponen, both playing overseas.

UPDATE: Several team executives confirmed the Blazers' interest in Turkoglu Wednesday. But as is usually the case, the Blazers were operating in somewhat of a clandestine environment. One agent who has been in contact with numerous teams since the free-agent bell rang at 12:01 a.m. said Blazers officials insist the talks with Turkoglu were still in the developing stages. It's difficult to imagine where Turkoglu would do better than the Blazers, though. The Pistons, according to sources, are targeting Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Oklahoma City -- another rare team with cap space -- appears to be focused on restricted free agent Paul Millsap or New York's David Lee.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 4:56 pm

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

Dont' like it.  Nothing against Turkoglu but I just don't understand why they Blazers would make a push for him, especially like everyone is saying, with the free agent market next year.

The Blazers rising talent will be hurt by Turkoglu indirectly because they will lose a lot of valuable playing time.  Too big of a ball hog too..he would have to adjust his play style to fit with the team.

I just dont' see it...would rather see the Blazers pull the trigger for a star at the point, like Andre Miller.

Turk is too much money too.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 3:06 pm
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Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:41 pm

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

This would be a good pick up for the Blazers. I know they have Outlaw, Batum and Webster; if they were to sign Turkoglu you have to think one of those are going to be traded. Besides Turkoglu is an upgrade from those 3 players anyway, and he can play the 4 at also which would allow for him and Outlaw to be on the floor at the same time and that would present a lot of match up problems. This signing makes a lot of sense, Go Blazers!

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:30 pm

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

I agree.  This would be a horrible signing.  Plus, you have to be crazy to spend any money this summer when you look at the free agents next summer

Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:51 pm

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

I don't like it. Too much money, at a position where the Blazers already have a lot of talent, with Batum, Webster, Outlaw & Fernandez. Plus, the guy doesn't play defense.

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:35 pm

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

This would be great! He would be very difficult to guard and bring a great presence. If he joins, Portland will be the Northwest Divison champions.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:22 pm

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

IF oden can be a solid Center next year and not worry about his scoring and play really good Defense then that team will be stacked with turk

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:12 pm

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

That would be freakin awesome. Get Portland the 2nd seed like they should have had last year if that team can play together. If Oden is healthy, that is one amazing lineup.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 2:21 am

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

Turkoglu would be a great fit for the Trailblazers. He'll add a veteran presence to the team and will relieve some of the scoring load Roye and Aldridge.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:29 am

Blazers make play for Turkoglu

Now turkoglu makes sense. He would fit great in a Nate system.

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