Orlando Magic: Hedo Turkoglu Buyout Likely; Did He Fulfill His Potential as an NBA Player?

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Feb 2, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) during the first quarter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It was reported last week via Twitter (@canpelister) that Hedo Turkoglu received a $3.5 million offer from a Turkish club. While Turkoglu is still currently under contract for the Orlando Magic, he can be bought out at half-value.

The interest in Turk from his native land makes this buyout ever more likely. His $12 million contract is still hefty even at half-value, but his days as a valued playmaker are all but over. Turkoglu had a good career in Orlando, but was it as good as it could have been? Did Turk fulfill the immense potential he had given his length and skill set?

Hedo was signed the summer of 2004 as the Magic brought together their unit for the Dwight Howard era. He joined a rookie Howard and Jameer Nelson, and the Magic later added the fourth piece of their quartet with swingman, stretch-4 Rashard Lewis. Stan Van Gundy’s offense made perfect usage of the talents of all involved, and Hedo’s diverse skill set was made full use of.

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