The Orlando Magic have waived forward Hedo Turkoglu, per NBA.com, in an effort to shed salary. He hasn't played well the past few seasons (not at all this season), but the Los Angeles Lakers are rumored to be interested in his services. Despite his poor play of late, it's a move the Lakers must make.

The Magic waived Turkoglu ahead of the January 7 deadline, ensuring the team only has to pay $6 million of the $12 million owed to the forward. He hasn't played a single game this season and just 64 games total the past three.

It isn't all Turkoglu's fault, though, as according to the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins, a fractured cheekbone affected him during the 2011-12 season. He then broke his left hand in the first game of last season, then went on to serve a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.