After spending training camp, the preseason and the regular season in a purgatory of sorts, Hedo Turkoglu's period of limbo with the Orlando Magic is nearing a resolution. The veteran small forward can expect to have his situation resolved no later than the close of business on Jan. 7. Turkoglu, 34, no longer fits into the team's plans. 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. Still, the Magic won't keep Turkoglu beyond Jan. 7. For now, only $6 million of his $12 million salary for this season is guaranteed. But, in order to owe him just $6 million, the Magic must waive him or trade him no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 7. That's because a waived player has 48 hours to clear waivers, and all non-guaranteed contracts across the NBA will become fully guaranteed on Jan. 10. In other words, if the Magic have Turkoglu on their roster on Jan. 8 and waive him that day, he will not clear waivers before the time his contract becomes fully guaranteed. And, therefore, the Magic would be obligated to pay him $12 million instead of $6 million.
Hedo Turkoglu's situation with Magic will be resolved on or before Jan. 7
Orlando Sentinel | Dec 25