NBA Rumors: Miami Heat interested in signing Hedo Turkoglu?

January 9, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) before the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 108-105. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

January 9, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) before the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 108-105. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

This past week saw the Orlando Magic cut veteran forward Hedo Tukoglu and that has caused a slew of rumors to surface as to where the aged big man will head next. Initially the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks extended trades to the Magic to land Turkoglu but both offers were so worthless that the Magic thought just waiving the forward was more beneficial.

But now that Turkoglu is on the open market, he’s drawing interest from a few teams and some are pondering the thought of the Miami Heat looking into adding the forward. Such a question was asked to Heat beat writer Ira Winderman this week and he dug into the rumor.

According to Winderman — and basic logic — adding Hedo Turkoglu and his three-point presence is never a bad idea, but the Heat already have a Turkoglu type player on the roster in Rashard Lewis and adding another right now doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

While you can never have too much 3-point shooting, to a degree Rashard Lewis already is the Heat’s Turkoglu, a big man with 3-point range, and now he appears to have fallen behind Michael Beasley in the rotation. Turkoglu would make more sense during an offseason, when the Heat could take the time to see what’s still there, if anything.

There’s a distinct possibility that Turkoglu lands with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he will likely only sign through the rest of the season, which may reopen the rumors of Miami being interested in Turkoglu this summer.

Topics: Hedo Turkoglu, Miami Heat

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