The fact Doc Rivers played Hedo Turkoglu 11 minutes a game last season speaks less to where Turkoglu’s game is and more to how bad the Clipper bench was — Los Angeles was 8.2 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the bench rather than on the court. Yet he was still playing better than Spencer Hawes most of the time, so he got a little run. During the playoffs, Turkoglu got five minutes a game.
Turkoglu is a free agent, and he wants at least one more run at the NBA, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Divac may be the GM in Sacramento, but he already had 14 guaranteed contracts on the roster. That leaves one spot open, although most teams leave that that last roster slot empty to allow flexibility with trades or to bring in someone due to injury. Is Divac going to give that up for Turkoglu? It’s a little hard to imagine.
I appreciate Turkoglu wanting to get to 1,000 games, and if he is patient he may get a call in season, when a team that has suffered injuries needs to pick up a big body. But right now, the market is pretty dry.