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Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:36 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 12:13 pm
 
A cautionary tale for teams doling out millions to free agents in 2010: In some cases, it's only a matter of time before those same free agents are dumped overboard at a discount.

Case in point: Hedo Turkoglu, the most sought-after free agent of 2009. After leading the Magic to the NBA Finals, Turkoglu flirted with the Trail Blazers before landing in Toronto for five years and $53 million. Twelve months later, the Raptors unloaded the disgruntled forward in a three-team trade with Phoenix and Charlotte.

So much for Turkoglu leading the Raptors anywhere but rebuilding.

The trade expanded into a three-team arrangement Monday, with the Raptors getting Leandro Barbosa from Phoenix and Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw from Charlotte while sending Jose Calderon to the Bobcats, a person with knowledge of the deal told CBSSports.com. The framework is pending a trade call with the NBA office later Monday, the source said.

UPDATED 12:20 a.m. ET: But Yahoo! Sports reported early Tuesday that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was having "second thoughts" about participating in the deal. Jordan's reluctance came after players in the deal had been informed they'd been traded, and it imperiled all but the initial Turkoglu-for-Barbosa portion of the trade.

UPDATED 12:13 p.m. ET: The Toronto Star reported Tuesday afternoon that the Bobcats portion of the deal is dead , nixed by Jordan's concerns.

In the make-believe world of NBA trades, this one actually makes sense. The Raptors get rid of Turkoglu, who was never happy with his role in Toronto, and get a playmaker in Barbosa with only a one-year commitment. They use a portion of the $14.5 million trade exception received in the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade to make the deal pass muster under the 125 percent rule required to validate trades between teams that are over the salary cap. Turkoglu is on the books for $9.8 millon next season.

The Suns, trying to move on after losing Amar'e Stoudemire to the Knicks, made another solid move in acquiring restricted free agent Josh Childress from Atlanta for a second-round pick. By doing so, Phoenix bypasses the offer sheet and seven-day matching procedure for restricted free agents, which eliminates what would've been merely a formality since the Hawks were not going to match an offer sheet for Childress after signing Joe Johnson to a max deal. With Turkoglu's play-making ability and Childress' athleticism, it's hard not to like the Suns' post-Amar'e look. Childress, who gets a five-year, $34 million deal, will give coach Alvin Gentry more flexibility in his rotations. Turkoglu will take some of the pressure off an aging Steve Nash to be the playmaker and ballhandler on every possession.







Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2010 10:22 pm
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

Hey "Sharon'ssailor"  i know you are not making a homosexual referrence to my screen name when your name is SHARONS SAILOR  hahahahaha   loser.



Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2010 12:26 am
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

So, which Turkoglu will they be getting?  The one that helped Orlando contend deep into the playoffs.  Or the misfit, malcontent, that skipped a game while partying at a Toronto gentleman's club????


SharonsSailor
Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:31 am
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 4:20 pm
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

ericgyebi,

read the entire article before you bash someone moron.  He made full mention of Boris Diaw being a piece in this trade.  Some of you "couch reporters" thing you have it all figured out... you do realize that Berger is putting out about 4-6 articles almost daily right now? on different sports, at different times.. i'd love to see you do his job.


SharonsSailor
Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2010 9:11 am
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Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:24 pm
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

That'd be a great trade for atl



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:08 pm
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

Signing Turk to be your #1 or #1a option is just foolish. Why do you think Orlando did not make the effort to resign him at the dollars Toronto was offering.  Put him with other good players and let him be a 4th scoring option and a playmaker and Wallah, You are a lot better team.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:47 pm
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

yeah,Pack this has been a bad offseason so far.



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:41 pm
 

Turkoglu, Childress to Suns (UPDATE)

It doesn't.  The Raptors come out ahead on all fronts with this trade scenario.  They get a capable shooting guard while DeMar Derozen develops further, and they get some bigs to help out inside so that Bargnani can go to his natural position at power forward.  The Raps won't miss Bosh as much as the Suns will miss Amare.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:27 pm
 

Did I Miss Something?

The Suns issue with the Lakers wasn't Amar'e Stoudemire's production which Turkoglu might replace to some degree.  It was his defense and an inability to stop the Lakers frontcourt.

How does adding Turkoglu help them to get past the Lakers?


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