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He’s old and slow, but that’s not the only reason Hedo Turkoglu should go.
The Orlando Magic are a franchise on the mend after the “put Dwight Howard in the middle and spread the floor with 3-point shooting” experiment ended in recriminations, and finally with Howard getting dealt to Los Angeles. Keeping Hedo around next season would slow the Magic’s stated decision to rebuild, and he’s not exactly the best mentor for the youngsters the Magic possess and are likely to keep acquiring with all the draft picks headed their way.
There are bad contracts and then there are badcontracts, and the Orlando Magic franchise has unfortunately experienced a few of the latter during their brief reign as the NBA’s equivalent of easy money.
No Magic fan can forget Rashard Lewis’s laughable — and possibly PED-influenced — $118 million signing in the summer of 2007. Or the swap of that contract for Gilbert Arenas. Even though Arenas had been amnestied before the start of last season, the Magic still have to pay him $20.8 million this year and $22.3 million next year! Yeah.
So it’s not very surprising the recent Forbes list of the most overpaid NBA players included two current Magic members.