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Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  63 responses

Hedo Turkoglu Close to Being Traded for Leandro Barbosa

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The rocky marriage between Hedo Turkoglu and the Toronto Raptors is on the verge of coming to an end. Prepare yourselves for Hedo, Arizona.

Late last night, the AZ Republic reported that a trade between Phoenix and Toronto will soon be completed, sending Leandro Barbosa and a few spare parts back to Canada for Turkoglu.

And oh yeah, the Suns are also going to land Josh Childress, who’s apparently decided that he’s had enough of Greece:

The Suns are on the verge of acquiring forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress, swiftly rebounding from the loss of Amar’e Stoudemire with two impact players.

The Suns would send seven-year veteran guard Leandro Barbosa and late-season addition Dwayne Jones to Toronto for Turkoglu, a 6-foot-10 forward from Turkey with versatile skills to shoot from long range and be a playmaker. Toronto would then move Jones and its trade exception from the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade deal to Charlotte for former Suns forward Boris Diaw.

Phoenix will send a 2012 second-round pick to Atlanta in a sign-and-trade deal for Childress, who will leave Greece for a five-year, $33 million contract to play for the Suns. To come to Phoenix, Turkoglu is yielding about $5 million of his trade kicker and reducing the guaranteed money on the final year of his contract, which was worth $12 million in 2013-14. He also has an early termination option on that season.

It’s a tad confusing that Phoenix would willingly take on Hedo’s contract, when they were so adamant about not overpaying for Amar’e Stoudemire. That being said, Phoenix has been able to keep their team competitive since STAT’s departure.

The same thing, however, cannot be said for Toronto. That squad is going to be awful next season.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com riggs

    nash can make anyone better….but…

  • george w. buckets

    Toronto loves the foreigners!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Turk is a good signing for the Suns, other than Nash and Hill there really isn’t anyone on the team you can feel comfortable handling the ball. Turk should fix that up a little….my only problem is how you gonna bolt Orlando, do jack diddly squat in Toronto and then bolt there???? c’mon son

  • Overtime

    Bobcats arent getting much in exchange for Diaw?
    Raptors for worst record next season then?

  • zop

    “Hedo you got traded to the Suns, how do you feel”
    Hedo: Ball.

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Gerwin

    Hedo for Barbosa? That’s one bad trade for the Suns. Like the fact about Childress; time to show you belong Josh!

  • rashado

    i like the raps this year more than i did last year. chris bosh was an all star but a dinosaur and a self absorbed stats oriented player. our team is full of young hungry athletic dudes. barbosa,bellinelli, weems, derozan, bargnani, ed davis, etc…as a toronto local i’m actually excited to watch this team although i don’t see us winning more than 35 games.

  • Aaron

    “That squad is going to be awful next season.” Probably the best closing statement I’ve ever read on SLAM. At least you’re honest, Marcel.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Honestly, bad as the Raps are going to be, getting ANYTHING in return for this waste of oxygen and pizza has got to be a plus. I’m surprised we even got Leandro in return, really.

  • Clay

    Hedo it’s time to get back in shape for the run and gun system! He would be ecstatic if this happens.

  • a_whiteman

    Lol@zop…yayyy more foreign players!! All we need is an aussie and an asian then we will have all the populated continents covered. No more then 28 wins next year

  • JTaylor21

    So this means that the cavs are not getting josh childress, time to celebrate. the cavs will never get anybody for a longtime unless the get lucky in the draft. They deserve to go back to the pre-bron days were they wore ugly unis and no one gave a damn about them. F**k Dan Gilbert, the disgruntled slave owner.

  • Clay

    @JTaylor21 I understand bashing Gilbert, but I wouldn’t go that far.

  • JoeMaMa

    @Overtime: what are you talking about? We’re picking up Diaw and Barbosa, plus we have Derozan, Weems, Bargs, Ed Davis, Jarrett Jack, Belinelli, Wedgie. Run and gun, baby. We won’t be very good, but we certainly won’t be last.
    And I’m not going Dan Gilbert on Bosh; I love the guy, and he gave us good years that we needed post-Vince. But I don’t have confidence in his health; that bulky brace he wears on his knee will only get bulkier.
    Also, and I’ve been meaning to tell this story, though it’s not much to do with this thread: my buddy came upon Glen Grunwald when he was TO’s GM and asked him why we didn’t pick up DWade in the draft, as Bosh was a relative unknown at the time. He answered “we had concerns about his knees and ankles. He’ll be a player, definitely, but he’ll start to wear down after 7, 8 years, and we feel Bosh has more upside further along”. I think the only thing that’ll bring the Heat down is wear and tear on the big 3.

  • Gabe Asher

    you guys are nuts…Raptors may have an awful season, but Raptor fans will be entertained and not have any hacks running around..see ya hedo..see ya bosh…new generation Raps…ready to roll…

    GO RAPS

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    hey toronto has improved! But they are seriously small… and for my cavs? cmon Dan.. Well good thing childress is to phx, i dont want him for 33 mil, lets get terell brandon! Lol,

  • iLL wiLL

    Cmon Son!

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I see way too many medicore teams that weren’t here last year, who the f*ck are y’all?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @the_black_rick_kamla – Nash, Hill, Goran, for that matter Dudley and J-Rich don’t turn the ball over much either. This could be a very stingy team next year and not give away too many turnovers. I ONLY HAVE ONE QUESTION…. Who will rebound? If that young Rookie Lawal is going to bring something next season PLEASE let it be that…. If Lopez average double figures in rebounds per game, we have our MIP award already.

  • http://www.shalomlife.com Stevea

    There are rumours that Chandler is being traded to the Raps for the TPE. Also, and this is likely a stretch, I’ve heard Rubio has asked Minnesota to try to get him to the Raps. Colangelo is trying to work on it. Sounds far fetched, but we’ll see.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^stevea, the chandler that ive read is wilson chandler, are you naming tyson.?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Not posted yet but Diaw/Tyson for Jose and the TPE might already be a done deal. This is exciting. We get rid of dead weight for finicial flexibility and a solid point guard. I like this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I have a few thing to say:
    1) Getting Barbosa and Diaw for Hedo is great! At least we got something in return for his lackluster effort and season. (Lackluster may even be an understatement)
    2) I agree we have a young and hungry team. I’m counting on this season to be the DeRozan and Weems’ season (although coach will probably make Bargnani the focus. fcuk.)
    3) I also agree it will be a losing season BUT I believe if there is ANY SEASON TO TANK, THIS IS THE ONE. Next year’s draft is going to be big. Barnes, Kanter, Knight, Jones, Irving, etc. If the Raps get any of the Top 5 pick I will be happy. (Although they might waste it on Donatas Motiejunas (fml x2).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    @BET, you probably didn’t have to watch 82 Raptors games on TV like we did in Canada last season. Calderon is a solid 5/10 point guard and that’s it. Won’t/can’t play D to the point that it almost negates his offensive blessings. That said, I think he and J Jack slowed each other’s rolls in TO last year. He’ll be somewhat better if that trade goes through, but he’s not the answer at the 1 for any team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    jose calderon will be loved by charlotte. very solid, great playmaker, defense wont be much of a problem, larry brown alone will make him improve his D..

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    niQ you realize that the trades with the Bobcats (2 seperate) are Diaw for Calderon and Tyson for the TPE?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    Also, for crazy circus sports atmosphere of the year (maybe ever), I’d love to be in the ACC for the Suns’ trip to Toronto this year. The Hedo hate could eclipse VC’s first trip back with NJ.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Thanks for the insight Chris. Hopefully his defensive lackings can be masked by everyone else on our team. I can only hope MJ is going to use the TPE to get Al Jefferson. And enjoy Diaw, if you thought Hedo was bad…….

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Boo. Let him rot in Toronto because he enjoys “Toronto’s Turkish Community”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Where are you guys getting these rumours from?
    and @BET, if we can move Bargnani to the PF cause of Chandler then I’m all up for that. And in regards to Jose, cosign Chris. Don’t know what we’re going to do with one less PG though, although Boris Diaw DID originally play point guard…………………………………

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Josh Childress is the best player in this bunch. BOOK IT!!!

  • kenNY

    I’m a huge Barbosa fan, so I don’t how this went down for Turkoglu but I’m kind of excited…

  • Ramon R7O

    I just wish the best for Barbosa as a Brazilian fan of basketball. but i wish he had gone to the knicks.

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  • D12FSU

    hedo is gonna start, but will he be a SF or PF in phx? If hes a SF, that means grant hill comes off the bench, so what happens with childress? can he play SG? Because Hedo cannot play PF, he’d get eaten alive on D

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    this is nothing…: WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!!!!!(to the suns)

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!WE GOT RID OF JOSH!!!
    THERE IS A GOD AFTER ALL….

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Turk is best with the ball in his hand. He won’t have that much on a team with Nash.

  • Jray

    Lol @ Antons ignored comment

  • Buschfire

    WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!WE GOT RID OF JOSE!

    Someone is actually listening to me!!

  • The Stro Show

    Hedo Turkoglu is a stain on humanity. Someone actually trading players for him is a small miracle for the raptors.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    As a Suns fan, I’m actually a bit excited.
    Sureee, I think we’ve just paid Hakim, Hedo, and Childress a combined amount that would far exceed how much we could have paid Stoudemire, but I’m USED to that with all the crap Sarver has done, so I’m a bit excited!!!
    Childress is a great addition. He balled in Europe his second year and absolutely embarrassed Spanny to the point where he’s excited to see him go, cause Childress was the second best player on his team, and the first best was the MVP. Either starting him as an undersized four with Robin or bringing him off the bench after Warrick, he’ll be pure impact. For sure.
    Hedo? Well, I guess there’s only good that can come out of it. He will DEFINITELY take Grant’s position in the second unit as the point forward (and Grant can take over Barbosa’s position as shooting guard off bench) and run it exactly as the Orlando Magic used to do.
    Question is, how good will he be in the starting lineup? He NEVER played with a guy who can get him the ball like Nash, but we’ll have to see if he can spot-it-up any better than Toronto, where he was terrible.
    Hey, I gotta be excited. What else is there to be excited about?

  • Overtime

    @JoeMaMa, i overexagerate. I think your right with run n gun, the Raptors might by Warriors East now.
    Id actually forgotten about Demar. I like Barg tho, but he wont replace whats gone

  • chingy

    Tyson is exactly the defensive big that Bargs needs to play with. I’m digging this trade.

    Line up would become:

    PG – Jack (Barbosa)
    SG – Derozan (Barbosa/Beli)
    SF – Sonny! (Diaw)
    PF – Bargs (Ed Davis)
    C – Tyson (Amir)

    That’s a pretty fun group out there as long as Jarrett Jack doesn’t take the ball aimlessly to the hoop every time down the court…

  • L

    Don’t know where y’all are getting your information… But I just read numerous reports coming out of Toronto that are saying they trade Turkoglu for Barbosa and a spare part.

    In addition, they trade Calderon, Reggie Evans, and the aforementioned spare part for Diaw and Chandler.

    The TPE stays with Toronto.

  • LA Huey

    Funny seeing all this chatter by Raps and Cats fans. At the end of the day, your teams are still mediocre at best. Yet, I still understand your excitement…

  • Buschfire

    this is a huge salary and contract dump for us!!! we are way more flexible, much younger and more enthusiastic…. we are building a strong defensive team that can play transistion basketball. Toronto should fair alright this season, but i don’t mind if we suck as long as we can develop our young gunz. so happy jose and turk are gone finally i can enjoy the raptors again.

  • chingy

    Right, and there’s Kleiza to play the 3!

    No one’s saying the Raps will do any significant damage this year. But I think it will be fun to watch the team grow.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    YES! Great trade for Toronto, Phoenix have fun with Turkoglu complaining about Nash having the ball in his hands… “Ball! … Ball! … Ball!”

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    @jukai/tavoris…:my little one,Josh was co-mvp, and lebronze was MVP….and they end up with the same trophies!!!! (i know, i know, in fantasy/video they would would have ruled..).

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    by the way, the same day we get rid of Josh, we aquire one of the top-10 combo guards in the world (SPANOULIS) from panathinaikos !!!! Great day for Olympiakos!!!!

  • ClydeSays

    Funny how 1 decent season will land you a fat contract, and when the player goes back to underachieving he gets bounced from team to team hoping the guy will catch fire again. Never works out.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I wouldn’t of minded if we re-upped with Stoudemire….just saying.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Spanny: Have fun now that your co-MVP has left for the better league and your team has no one to attack the basket. Spanoulis couldn’t blow past a 17-year-old kid named Rubio, He is a fantastic zone attacker, but seems inept at getting his buckets if he’s manned up (as his stint on the Rockets showed). Of course, now that you have him, I guess you wont have to worry that he’ll whip the living sh*t out of your team again like he did in the Cup.
    If he could gear himself into a full-time point guard, it’d be one thing, but Spanoulis lovesssss to score. He’s the Tracy McGrady of Europe, you know.
    Good move for the price tag, but certainly not an upgrade.

  • Jess

    see ya Turk. thanks for nothing. Im excited for the YoungGunz next season.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Am I missing something here? wth is the TPE?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Yo JOE, where you at? You still think Jeremy Lin shouldn’t have been picked ahead of Andy Rautins?!

  • JoeMaMa

    hahaha yes Teddy, because Rautins is a shooter and D’Antoni likely said “best case, he gets a couple 3s a game. Worst case, he’s not guaranteed and we’ll use the space to get more cap space for….Carmelo, maybe?”
    Teddy, if you want Lin that bad, talk to Colangelo. If this Calderon trade goes through, we’ll need a PG on the bench. I’ll sign the petition and I’ll even wear a hybrid Harvard/Hogtown jersey.

  • Ali Duyar

    Nash makes everyplayer better.Hedo made 17,8PPG 5,8Assist and 5,6 rebound when he won the MIP award in Orlando.He also MVP of the Orlando for the NBA finals.He can take these numbers again(maybe better) with Nash and Hill(his ex-teammate).

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    More minutes for Dragic if Barbossa goes.

  • hobbes

    Magic should trade VC for Hedu. He was the key play maker for them and without him Lewis is less effected just like Nash to Amare n Deron to Boozer.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com/ ClutchPerformer

    I was all for Hedo and even said give him a chance, my motto throughout the season was he wasnt MJ of Turkey we wanted but we got a good facilitator who was paid too much, but hearing his haterade makes me say good riddance and good luck to ya’ll PHX , poor Nashty. Barbosa is good at least we didnt go euro. Raps it aint gonna be easy, we wont complete ish. assuming the roster stays the same til opening but Andrea doesnt wanna be the man, Jack is good, and the rest are young who cant hit a jump Shot without D, i love weems, jack, Demar and Amir, if Andrea can step his game up and become a Trailer this might work better, be we still need someone, or this is gonna b a bumpy ride

  • http://tommyisvishuz.ning.com Tommy V.

    @stevea Rubio to Toronto doesnt sound too far-fetched.

    Toronto is not going to be bad as ppl expect them to be. This means more shots for players like Bargnani. I know he is ready to be the man on this team.

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