When NBA veterans hit the free agent market during the season or are already there and looking for work, they are typical signed to 10-day contracts to see if they’ll work out with their new team. When Hedo Turkoglu hit the market after being waived by the Orlando Magic, he was seeking more than just one of those 10-day deals.
According to Turkish reporter Ismail Senol as well as ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Clippers will indeed be giving Turkoglu a contract longer than 10 days and plan on signing him through the rest of the season.
Hidayet Türkoğlu is in LA. Pending a physical, he will sign a contract with Clippers until the end of this season.
— Ismail Senol (@ismailsenol) January 15, 2014
Last tweet from Turkish basketball maven @ismailsenol meshes with rumbles out there that Hedo has been hoping to land more than mere 10-day
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 15, 2014
This means that Turkoglu will become a part of the Clippers rotational depth and he will come in and contribute to a team fighting for a championship. The only reason Turkoglu was waived by the Magic was because Orlando wanted to avoid paying him $12 million, so this isn’t a total move of desperation by the Clippers.
That’s not to say the best days of Hedo Turkoglu aren’t behind him, but Doc Rivers and the Clippers clearly think he can help them out and are willing to bet on him for the rest of this season.