Posted on: January 14, 2009 1:55 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2009 10:01 am
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith has denied that any trade talk occurred between the Magic and the Boston Celtics -- and specifically, that reports out of Boston that the Celtics were turned down by the Magic on a trade deal are false.
The aforementioned reports said the Celtics offered Bill Walker and Gabe Pruitt in exchange for J.J. Redick, and that the Magic declined the proposal. Smith said they never even got an offer.
"I haven't talked to Danny [Ainge, the Celtics' General Manager/President of Basketball Operations], so I don't know how that can be out there. I can't remember the last time I've talked to him."
While Smith said it wouldn't surprise him if Redick picked up serious interest around the league before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, he does not expect to deal Redick between now and February.
Hedo Turkoglu could be another story. The Sentinel reports that Turkoglu could seek a similar deal to Corey Maggette's five-year, $50 million contract with the Golden State Warriors in negotiating to re-up with the Magic. Smith said he will speak with Turkoglu's agent before the trade deadline to try and get a feel for what it will take to re-sign Turkoglu. If the price tag isn't viable, Turkoglu could become the subject of trade talks.
Posted on: November 11, 2008 11:11 am
In comments published in the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith said he wouldn't be surprised if the Sacramento Kings approached him before the February trade deadline in an attempt to acquire Hedo Turkoglu.
Turkoglu began his NBA career in Sacramento when the Kings drafted him in 2000. Turkoglu became the first Turkish-born person to play in the NBA. The Kings sent Turkoglu to San Antonio in a 2003 deal, and Smith says the Kings have been trying to get him back "ever since he left."
Smith claims the Kings have been in contact with the Magic since they picked up Turkoglu from free agency in 2004, and although it's been a while since they made an offer for Turkoglu, Smith would not be surprised to hear from them again before February. However, unless the Kings bring a better offer to the table than they have in the past, don't expect the Magic to react.
"They wanted to give us their trash," Smith said of prior Kings offers for Turkoglu.
Turkoglu has a provision in his contract that allows him to become a free agent at the end of this season.
Posted on: September 24, 2008 4:37 pm
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Hedo Turkoglu said Tuesday that he likely will opt out of his contract after the season to become a free agent, signaling the end of his six-year, $39-million deal with the Magic.
"It does make sense (to opt out), actually," Turkoglu said, adding with a laugh, "I'd be one year younger."
"I would love to stay in Orlando ... but this is a business. My business is to play my game. If you don't play your game, you can't get a deal anywhere. Hopefully, Orlando will agree and we will sign, but we'll wait and see. It's hard to tell if I'm staying or leaving."
Magic General Manager Otis Smith said the club "would like to keep Turk" and expects to have several conversations before the February trade deadline with Lon Babby, Turkoglu's agent. "It's a conversation we have to have as opposed to allowing him to become free," Smith said. "We should have a pretty good idea."
Posted on: September 24, 2008 4:08 pm
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