Hedo Turkoglu wants to return to the NBA for another season. He’s at 997 games played, he wants to break the 1,000 game barrier. That’s understandable.
Just don’t expect that to happen with the Sacramento Kings.
They are not going to bring him in, reports Bill Herenda of CSNBayArea.com.
This is not a surprise, and there are likely a couple reasons for it. One is that Turkoglu, at age 36, is not exactly in his prime or playing at the peak of his powers right now.
Second is simply math. Kings GM Vlade Divac already had 14 guaranteed contracts on the roster. Although that technically leaves room for one more, most teams leave that that last roster slot empty to allow flexibility with trades or to bring in someone due to injury.
Turkoglu can hang around in the States, stay in shape and hope that once teams get a better look at their rosters/suffer injuries someone will want a floor-spacing big (he shot 42.3 percent from three last season). If he waits, his phone likely rings. That or he can make a boatload of money ending his career playing in his native Turkey. It just sounds like Turkoglu isn’t ready for that second option yet.