Hedo Turkoglu

Report: Kings have no interest in Hedo Turkoglu


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.

Report: Hedo Turkoglu wants to play anther NBA season, Kings possiblity


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.

NBPA issues statement on DeAndre Jordan backing out of commitment to Mavericks


DeAndre Jordan’s last-minute decision to back out of his commitment to the Mavericks and re-sign with the Clippers has reverberated throughout the NBA. The moratorium period that allowed Jordan’s change of heart is surely going to be a topic of discussion at next week’s Board of Governors meeting, because even though no agreements from July 1-9 are legally binding, decisions that some players make are based on decisions that other players make, and a large majority of those come during the moratorium period, when everyone is counting on everyone else to hold to the agreements they made.

The NBPA has issued a statement defending Jordan’s right to change his mind. Here it is, via ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne:

That’s an expected response from the players’ union, and legally speaking, it’s absolutely right. Instances of a player changing his mind don’t happen very often, but Jordan isn’t the first (think Hedo Turkoglu with the Blazers in 2009, for instance). When it happens, it can have a ripple effect on the rest of the league, depending on the players and teams involved.

PBT First Round Playoff Previews: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs



Clippers: 56-26 (third place in Western Conference)
Spurs: 55-27 (sixth place in Western Conference)
Season series tied 2-2


Clippers: No significant injuries

Spurs: Tiago Splitter is battling a calf injury, he practiced with team Friday but will be limited (this matters, Splitter is a good defender on Blake Griffin). Matt Bonner has a calf injury, missed the final game of the season and may miss the start of the series.


Clippers: 109.8 points scored per 100 possessions (1st in NBA); 103 points allowed per 100 possessions (15th in NBA).
Spurs: 106.2 points scored per 100 possessions (7th in NBA); 99.6 points allowed per 100 possessions (3rd in NBA).


1) Chris Paul vs. Kawhi Leonard. Gregg Popovich is not going to use the best on-ball defender in the league on CP3 exclusively, but when it gets to crunch time in games you can expect this matchup. We didn’t see this much in the regular season; the teams didn’t play after mid-February, so the Clippers didn’t see dominant late-season Leonard. Chris Paul is smart and efficient setting up the Clippers offense, but Leonard’s length and athleticism give every player he guards trouble. It’s a huge question for this series: Can CP3 be CP3 late in games with Leonard blanketing him? If this takes the ball out of his hands, can the other Clippers effectively orchestrate the offense? This is going to be a joy to watch unfold.

2) Hack-a-Jordan. Personally, I prefer the term “hack-the-DJ,hack-the-DJ” sung to the tune of the Smith’s “Panic.”

This should be the best first-round series in the land, and it will be marred at times by Gregg Popovich ordering fouls on DeAndre Jordan, who shot 39.7 percent from the line this season. The last times these teams met Jordan took 26 free throws because of the strategy (he hit 10). More than just the missed free throws, for the Spurs this works because it disrupts and stalls the best offense in the NBA. Then eventually Rivers is forced to sit Jordan and replace him with a lesser player (Glen Davis or Spencer Hawes). It’s also just painful to watch. Having to suffer through this on what will be a much-watched first-round series is maybe the impetus to force a rule change, but not in time for this series. If it works, you can be sure the ruthless Popovich will go to it over and over.

3) Clippers lack of depth vs. Spurs bench. Doc Rivers tried to fill out the Clippers’ bench this season, he went out and got Spencer Hawes and Hedo Turkoglu, they tried guys like Jordan Farmar and Austin Rivers. None of it worked well. Jamal Crawford remains a quality sixth man, but that’s where the rotation stops. Because of that Rivers leans on his starters heavily — the Clippers starting five was the most used lineup in the NBA by more than 300 minutes (that despite Blake Griffin missing 15 games). Meanwhile, the Spurs’ bench is a Swiss Army Knife that Popovich can unfold in a variety of ways, depending on what the matchup calls for. He trusts Marco Belinelli, Patty Mills, Matt Bonner, and the rest to make plays if their number gets called. And they do. What this gives Popovich is more pieces on the chess board to move around and try to exploit specific situations and match ups. That versatility will be key for San Antonio as the series moves on, and Rivers may not have the players to counter Pop’s moves.


This is not a first-round matchup, this is a conference finals level matchup — the Clippers and Spurs were second and third in the league respectively in point differential per 100 possessions. These are two of the NBA’s top five teams by any reasonable measure, and yet one team will not even make the second round. (This is also Golden State’s dream scenario, let these two challengers beat each other up and avoid either one until the conference finals.) This is clearly the best first round series this year.

The Clippers are an excellent team, but I think Doc Rivers the GM will have tied Doc Rivers’ the coach’s hands too much. The lack of depth leads to a lack of versatility that is the strength of the Spurs. Then there’s the fact the Clippers’ defense isn’t great — they play an aggressive, Heat-style trapping defense, but not as well and it can be exploited with ball movement. Add it all up and you’re left with a Los Angeles side that needs to play almost flawlessly to win this series. I don’t think they can do that four times out of seven. It’s going to be physical, hard fought and close, but I’ll take the Spurs in six.

NBA and NBPA to introduce HGH blood testing next season


When the NBA and the NBPA signed the latest collective bargaining agreement in 2011, there was an agreement between the two sides that they would eventually revisit the subject of blood testing for human growth hormone in players and agree to a process for implementing it that both sides found fair. That day has come on Thursday.

From the league’s press release on Thursday afternoon:

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that blood testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) will commence under the league’s anti-drug program, effective with the 2015-16 NBA season.

As part of the collective bargaining negotiations in 2011, the NBA and the Players Association agreed to a process for determining how HGH blood testing would be implemented in the NBA.  With that process now completed, beginning with the start of 2015 NBA training camps, all NBA players will be subject to three random, unannounced HGH tests annually (two in-season, one off-season), and players will also be subject to reasonable cause testing for HGH.

If a player tests positive for HGH, he will be suspended 20 games for his first violation and 45 games for his second violation, and he will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for his third violation.

Performance-enhancing drugs have always been the elephant in the room in the NBA. They’ve never appeared as prevalent as they are in, say, baseball or cycling. A handful of players (Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu and most recently Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes) have been suspended after testing positive for various types of steroids. Commissioner Adam Silver said that the NBA doesn’t have a steroid problem. On the other side, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has come out in favor of the NBA possibly allowing HGH use as long as players were transparent about it.

It will be fascinating to see how many players, if any, get caught under the new policy. The penalties are harsh — 20 games for a first offense, 45 games for a second, a lifetime ban for a third. If the league doesn’t have a PED problem, the new testing policy won’t do much. But if both the NBA and the players’ union want to make sure the league stays clean, it’s a huge step in the right direction.