March 6, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) drives past Charlotte Bobcats forward D.J. White (8) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Hedo Turkoglu discusses his release


On Friday, the Orlando Magic finally waived forward Hedo Turkoglu.

Despite wanting to continue his career, Turkoglu knew he would be released and was not part of the team this season.

On Friday, Turkoglu thanked the city of Orlando through Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

“In the city of Orlando, the fans, they’ve been really great to me. . . . That makes me [feel] really special, and I want to thank them for every great moment I had here with them on and off the court. It was special to me. It’s good memories I will never forget. . . .

“It was good days. Those days will never come again. Those people will always be special in my life. And Orlando will always be my second home. After Istanbul, Orlando will always be my second home. We love this city as a family. It’s been great years for me here. All these people, they were always behind me in the ups and downs.

“They were really making my job easier with all the support and all this love. It was just making my job easier to produce on the court. . . .

Over Turkoglu’s 13-year career, he’s averaged 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game playing for the Magic, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns. His best seasons came in his first run with the Magic from 2004-2009. He helped the Magic reach the 2009 NBA Finals.

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