Are you curious about how a player who’s never made an All-Star team became a multi-millionaire? In the second installment of #HowDidHeGetPaid, we examine the weird case of Hedo Turkoglu.
For the 2013 season, injuries have limited Hedo Turkoglu to just 6 games during which he’s only averaging 4.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, and 2.3 apg. Still, he is due to receive a shade over $11 million from the Orlando Magic. So, how did he get paid? Turkoglu began his career in the 2000-01 season with the upstart Sacramento Kings. He was then traded to the Orlando Magic where, statistically, he had his best seasons. This culminated in 2009, when when his all around game and play making abilities were arguably the 2nd biggest reason that Magic team reached the NBA Finals. His averages of 16.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 4.9 apg made the impeding free agent a player in demand. A combination of the Magic’s unwillingness to meet Hedo’s contract and their decision to make changes to that roster sealed his departure. A complex 4 team sign and trade deal saw Turkoglu land in Toronto with a $52.8 million, 5 year contract.
Unfortunately, things did not go well for Turkoglu in Toronto. Hedo took issue with Raptors’ management and claimed nobody wanted to play for them. His numbers dropped and he was moved to the Phoenix Suns after just one season with the Raptors. Turkoglu’s stay in Phoenix was short as the Magic traded back for him. It’s no wonder Otis Smith is no longer employed by the Magic. His decision to not buy a new car at a good price only to purchase that same, no longer new car at the original price is certainly head scratching.