Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  23 responses

Otis Smith Admits Letting Hedo Turkoglu Go Was a Mistake

It’s not often that GMs and other front-office personnel admit their errors, but Otis Smith did just that when it comes to having watched Hedo walk away two summers ago. From the Sentinel: “Now that Turk is back and meshing marvelously — just like he did two years ago when he was the second-most important player on a Magic team that went to the NBA Finals — Smith actually said these words: ‘Yes, I was wrong.’ But, of course, he added a qualifier. ‘In its simplest form — Hedo’s gone and now he’s back — you could say we made a mistake, but there’s more to it than that. We made a deal to fill a hole based on what we knew the economics would be down the road with Hedo.’ … And now that Turk is back in Magic colors and the team is playing well, it makes you wonder now more than ever why the Magic broke up the band two years ago and got rid of two-fifths of their starting lineup. ‘I wish we still had that [Finals] team,’ Magic center Dwight Howard says now, ‘but things happen for a reason … I never wanted him [Turk] to leave. I’m just glad he’s back.’ Says Turk when asked if he regrets leaving after the Magic made the Finals: ‘I wasn’t the GM … It was a decision at the time that both sides thought was best, but when you look back it wasn’t really the right decision.’”

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  • twahc

    well, it’s time for a championship run.

  • broski


    Damn right you made a mistake OTIS

  • Think Tank


  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    In other news, acquiring Vince was a mistake.

  • TSmoove

    Well i guess it take a real GM to admit they were wrong…


    This should be a lesson for the Cavs owner. Get a pen and paper and repeat after Smith: I was wrong Lebron for not bringing talent around you for the past 7 years.

  • MikeC.

    I guess they don’t have pizza and Sprite in Orlando.

  • J.C.

    Turk really got to have his cake and eat it too. He got the big payday and now he’s back in Orlando anyway.

  • rashado

    think thank FTW!

    us fans here in toronto will never forget that legendary press conference and the coinciding stupidity that was hedo’s time spent with the raps.

  • rashado

    *not press conference, rather post game interview.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t think it was a bad move. Turk needed to find his value on the open market, plus two other teams have footed part of his salary because of it.
    If they had Turk and Shard who knows if they get Jason Richardson or Arenas.
    Nah, Smith made the smart move, I think. I want to see if Turk reverts back to the mindset where he’s jacking jumpers instead of feeding the big fellow.

  • barnabusb

    Ball, indeed, Think Tank. Ball, indeed.

  • a_whiteman

    Jack armstrong:Hedo what was the difference for u today u played great

  • bashmo

    the return…of HEDO!!! My magic bout to make a run for the ages, heat and celtics better be ready!!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Otis was smart for not signing turk to that big contract. In the end, they became a more talented team. So, it worked.

  • ClydeSays

    I’ll believe it if they roll in the playoffs. Until then, they’re a great offensive team that doesn’t play much D.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i have hated how smith let him go the way he did until he made the huge deal that brought him back along with arenas, richardson, and clark.. hell of a move and now he has more talent (since lewis is turning to sh*t) but i do wish they could somehow get rafer alston back.. big mistake in letting him go.. he absolutely thrives in their system

  • nobrain

    told ya

  • dma

    RIP COurtney Lee

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack


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

    Yeah, the Magic should never have let Alston go. Also, Lee is doing just fine in Houston.

  • Papou


  • Towelie

    ^^^ Yeah, too bad Smith broke up that part of the band.