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Hedo Turkoglu, who won’t play, can sense that tonight will be his final game as a member of the Orlando Magic.
The forward has played 7 ½ of his 13 NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic. But he knows there’s a good chance the team will part ways with him this offseason.
“That wouldn’t surprise me at all,’’ Turkoglu said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida before the Magic’s season finale Wednesday at Miami. “It’s just the situation sometimes you’re in on the payroll… I totally understand if they want to move me. We’re in a rebuilding situation with the young guys.’’
Although general manager Rob Hennigan said no final decision has been made, it appears very unlikely Turkoglu will return next season to the Magic. Not only are they rebuilding, but Turkoglu, 34, is coming off a disastrous season in which he averaged just 2.9 points in 11 games and hasn’t played since Feb. 4.
If Turkoglu is on the roster next season for the final one of his contract, he would be due $12 million. If bought out, the Magic would owe him just $6 million. Turkoglu seemingly also could be used as a trade chip for a team that might want to trim salary.
“I just don’t know if I’m going to be here or not,’’ Turkoglu said. “If not, then it’s a new start for me too, somewhere else and I just kind of expect that. And that’s a new challenge. If I’m going to stay here, I’ll have to be ready for next year and compete and try to get a spot and try to get playing time.’’