Future Piston? Hedo Turkoglu opts out of contract with Orlando

ANTONIO GONZALEZ • Associated Press Writer

A day after the Magic acquired Vince Carter from the New Jersey Nets, Turkoglu’s agent said today that he sent a notice to Orlando earlier this week that his client will opt out of his contract to become a free agent. Agent Lon Babby said the Magic had made Turkoglu an initial offer that Orlando general manager Otis Smith described as a “jumping off point.”
But Carter’s acquisition signals the Magic are jumping in another direction.

Orlando’s payroll will likely rise into the luxury tax for the first time in franchise history, and Turkoglu is looking for a big payday after helping the Magic reach the NBA Finals last season. He will be a free agent Wednesday.

“We will see what the market holds on July 1, but that market will surely be robust for Hedo,” Babby said.

The Pistons are expected to be one of the few teams with enough salary-cap room to go after several high-priced free agents this off-season.

Turkoglu’s decision was first reported by the Orlando Sentinel.


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