The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly sparked interest in Hedo Turkoglu, a talented point forward and could be very efficient in this Lakers offense that is in dire need of a play maker. According to Sports Illustrated the Orlando Magic and Turkoglu have already agreed to terms in buying out his contract for the year. He is currently owed $12 million dollars and if the buyout goes through the Magic only have to pay half of that.
The Magic have already went in another direction and have gone young, while Turkoglu played for the Magic for many years, he is now 34 years of age and has not played all season long. Last year, Turkoglu was also suspended 20 games for failing the NBA’s drug policy. Contracts become guaranteed on January 10, and waived players take 48 hours to clear so Magic need to clear him by January 7.
In other news Pau Gasol has not traveled with the team to Utah for their game on Friday due to respiratory infection. This will be his second missed game this season due to the respiratory problem. It has been lingering and bothering him since his first game out against the Golden State Warriors. Can this Laker squad ever get fully healthy and make the playoffs? Look for the Lakers to pull off some moves before that time comes.
Lakers Nation News:
Ailing Pau Gasol To Miss Laker Road Trip – LA Times
Heat Toys With Plucky Lakers In Victory – OC Register
Jordan Farmar Returns To Lineup – Forums Blue & Gold
D’Antoni On Fan Talk “I Was Out Of My Mind’ – ESPN
Mike D’Antoni Said He Got A Bunch Of Coal For Christmas – LA Times
League: Griffin Should Not Have Been Ejected – ESPN
Mike Woodson Reaction Reel Will Make You Weep – SB Nation
Just How Good Can Damian Lilliard Be? – Bleacher Report
Lebron Mum On Free Agency – Hoopsworld
Lebron Third NBA Player To Receive AP Award – ESPN
Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Pokes Fun At Nick Young, Talks About The Test Of Achilles