Hedo Fakes to Portland, Signs with Toronto

July 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Hedo Turkoglu

ESPN reported all day that Hedo Turkoglu had agreed in priniciple to sign with the Portland Trailblazers, however Hedo has since backed away from the deal.

Instead, Hedo signed a five-year $53 million dollar contract with the Toronto Raptors. Turkoglu’s agent has said he changed his mind to play in Toronto because it was more of an international city and it had a large Turkish population. It was also reported that Hedo favored the option of staying in the Eastern Conference after playing in it for the last five years. Coincidentally, Toronto offered $3 million more dollars over the life of the contract, but the change of heart was likely not dependent on the additional coin.

So now the Raptors have a decision to make on whether to build around Hedo and Chris Bosh, or to accept the fact that Bosh will leave next summer and focus on a trade. Personally, I feel that Hedo is a little overpaid at $53 million but, hey, I’m no NBA GM.

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