According to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, the Orlando Magic are reportedly ready to waive Hedo Turkoglu later today.
It was reported earlier a couple of weeks ago that the Magic wanted to release or trade Turkoglu by early Jan, and it’s officially early Jan.
Team officials prefer to allocate his playing time to younger players, such as 21-year-old Tobias Harris or 20-year-old Maurice Harkless. Even 28-year-old Arron Afflalo, a natural shooting guard, has started 15 games at Turkoglu’s position of small forward this season to open time for rookie Victor Oladipo to play one of the guard positions.
Rather than have Turkoglu around the team, Magic executives and Turkoglu agreed to have Turkoglu sit out training camp, the preseason and the regular season.
Rather than cut Turkoglu, who is in the final year of his contract, team officials have kept him on the roster because his contract is an asset that potentially could be used in a trade and net the Magic an asset in return.
If the Magic keep Turkoglu past Jan 7th, he is owed the rest of his $6 million on his contract.
Look for a contender to give Turkoglu a look off the wire. It’ll be interesting to see where and if he lands somewhere.