Thursday July 9 2009 - 2:23pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)
I can’t REALLY say “I told ya so” — ’cause even I didn’t see THIS coming.
However, I did tell most of you to chill out … when some of you were ready to jump off a cliff because of the Raptors apparent lack of depth after the Hedo Turkoglu signing. I told you to relax … wait out the process … and trust that Bryan Colangelo would do something to shore up the depth of the Raptors’ roster.
Well, he did. And he did it in a big-time way!
While folks may not be running out and getting their Devean George and Antoine Wright jerseys printed right away, this rumored transaction (still not confirmed by any of the teams – or the league for that matter) is a major coup for Colangelo and his management team.
In one fell swoop, BC was able to shore up his depth issues at the 2-3, acquire two expiring contracts, unload a contract that went beyond next year (Humphries), get the free agent he wanted at the price he wanted, and retain the Mid-Level Exception … which would have been lost had this sign-and-trade not gone down. Plus, Colangelo may have garnered some “good will” with the players in the league for “doing right” by Shawn Marion and getting him more money via the sign-and-trade … as opposed to just letting him walk; free to sign elsewhere for a cheaper rate.
Hard to imagine things working out better for Toronto.
It would appear that the Raps will not use at least part of the MLE to re-sign Carlos Delfino. But could other free agents now be in the mix? Absolutely.
And keep in mind that Toronto still has its Bi-Annual Exception as well.
But no matter who the Raps may sign, as it stands RIGHT NOW (assuming this 4-team deal is approved) this is how the 2009-10 Raptors look:
PF – Bosh, Evans
C – Bargnani, O’Bryant, Jawai
SF – Turkoglu, George
SG – DeRozan, Wright
PG – Calderon, Ukic, Banks
Things are starting to shape up for T.O.
* UPDATE *
The trade is OFFICIAL now. The Raptors have just sent out this release:
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have acquired forward Hedo Turkoglu (HEE-doh TURK-oh-lue) from the Orlando Magic in a sign and trade, and forward Devean George and guard-forward Antoine Wright from the Dallas Mavericks.
As part of the four-team trade, the Raptors sent cash considerations to Orlando, a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies, forward Kris Humphries, forward-centre Nathan Jawai and cash considerations to Dallas and facilitated a sign and trade transaction of forward Shawn Marion to the Mavericks. The Mavericks sent cash considerations to the Magic and also traded guard-forward Jerry Stackhouse and cash considerations to the Grizzlies in exchange for guard Greg Buckner.
“We are very pleased to have landed one of the top free agents available this summer,” said Bryan Colangelo, Raptors President and General Manager. “Hedo Turkoglu is an ideal fit basketball wise, and his diverse skill set and size will make him a tremendous addition to our already offensively potent team.
“The fact that Hedo and his wife chose Toronto is a great reflection on both our basketball team and this exceptional city we live in.”
Turkoglu helped lead the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals this past season, averaging 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 38.9 minutes in postseason play. In the Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Turkoglu contributed a team-best 18.0 points, with 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 41.2 minutes. He had a high of 25 points in Game 4. In the Eastern Conference Finals versus Cleveland, he averaged 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 41.0 minutes in six outings. He totaled a double-double in a Game 1 victory with 15 points and a career playoff-high 14 assists. In the second-round matchup with the defending NBA Champion Boston Celtics, he recorded a team-high 25-point, 12-assist outing in a series-clinching Game 7 victory in Boston. In the opening-round series against the 76ers, he hit the game-winning three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in Game 4 in Philadelphia.
In the 2008-09 regular season, Turkoglu posted double digits in scoring in 72 of his 77 appearances, including 29 contests with 20-plus pints. He also contributed five or more assists in 40 games. He had a season-high 35 points versus Portland on November 10. He added season bests of 11 rebounds on two occasions (January 29 versus Cleveland and January 2 versus Miami) and 11 assists February 26 at Indiana.
In the 2007-08 season, Turkoglu recorded career bests of 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 82 games en route to being named the 2008 NBA’s Most Improved Player.
Turkoglu has averaged 18.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 36.7 minutes in 159 regular season games over the past two seasons. He has shot .818 (638-780) from the free throw line and .379 (300-791) from three-point range. In 34 postseason outings over that same span he has averaged 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 39.2 minutes, while shooting .826 (133-161) from the foul line and .356 (42-118) from beyond the arc.
Turkoglu, 6-foot-10, 220 pounds, averaged double figures in scoring in each of his past five seasons in Orlando. He has also appeared in an average of 77.5 games over the last four campaigns.
The nine-year NBA veteran has averaged 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 27.9 minutes in 678 career regular season games. In 82 postseason contests, he had contributed 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 30.7 minutes. He has appeared in 10 or more playoff games in five of his nine seasons.
Turkoglu was a first-round selection (16th overall) by the Sacramento Kings in the 2000 NBA Draft. He spent three seasons with the Kings and one in San Antonio (2003-04) before signing as a free agent with the Magic in the 2004 offseason.
Prior to coming to the NBA, Turkoglu averaged 8.3 points, shooting .569 from the field, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 87 games in four Turkish Professional League seasons (1996-2000) with Efes Pilsen, which is located in Istanbul where he was born and raised. He also averaged 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 50 EuroLeague Tournament games with Efes Pilsen during those four seasons. He helped lead Efes Pilsen to the 2000 EuroLeague Final Four, averaging 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 22 tournament games.
His full name is Hidayet Turkoglu, and is nicknamed Hedo. His NBA signing in 2000 with the Kings was a national sports event in Turkey, with a nationally televised press conference.
George is a 10-year veteran who has played seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and the past three with the Mavericks. He signed with Dallas as a free agent in 2006.
He played in four NBA Finals (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004) as a member of the Lakers, winning three consecutive championships from 2000-02.
George, 6-foot-8, 235 pounds attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and was the 23rd overall selection by the Lakers in the first round of the 1999 Draft. His produced his best statistical season in 2003-04 with career-best averages of 7.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 23.8 minutes in a career-high 82 games.
George has averaged 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 18.7 minutes in 585 career contests. He has appeared in 86 postseason outings, averaging 5.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 17.2 minutes.
George was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player two consecutive years (1997-98 and 1998-99).
Wright completed his fourth NBA campaign in 2008-09. He has split his time between the New Jersey Nets and the Mavericks. He was taken 15th overall by the Nets in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was dealt by the Nets to Dallas on February 19, 2008.
Wright, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, equaled his career-high scoring average of 7.3 points this past season. He also contributed averages of 2.1 rebounds and 23.9 minutes in a career-best 65 games, including a personal-high 53 starts. He averaged 5.9 points in 10 games in the 2009 postseason, with five of those in a starting role.
Wright has averaged 5.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 19.2 minutes in 223 career games. He has appeared in 28 playoff games, averaging of 3.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 12.4 minutes.
Wright was the consensus Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year in 2003. The former Texas A & M product was a first-team All Big 12 selection in his final collegiate season.
The Raptors acquired Marion from the Miami Heat on February 13, 2009. He became an unrestricted free agent July 1. He appeared in 27 games, all starts, with the Raptors where he averaged 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 35.3 minutes.
The Raptors acquired Humphries from the Utah Jazz on July 8, 2006. He saw action in 159 games in his three seasons with Toronto, averaging 4.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 15.9 minutes.
Jawai came to the Raptors in a July 9, 2009 trade from Indiana. He split the 2008-09 season between Toronto and the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League. He totaled two points and two rebounds in 19 minutes in six outings with the Raptors.