UPDATE: The Magic made a call to Brandon Bass earlier today. Carlos Boozer decided to stick with the Jazz for one more season, (very arguably) making Hedo Turkoglu the most coveted free agent available. The 30-year-old received calls from five teams today: the Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies. Per the Orlando Sentinel:
“I heard from five teams last night. Portland was first right at midnight,” Babby said. Asked if the Magic were one of those teams, Babby said, “I have not spoken with (General Manager ) Otis (Smith) yet.”
It appears the Trailblazers are at the top of the list, as Portland coach Nate McMillan is having dinner with Turkoglu tonight in Orlando. This from Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan is flying to Orlando to have a Wednesday night dinner with the Blazers’ top free-agent target, Hedo Turkoglu. Turkoglu’s agent, Lon Babby, said Wednesday that Turkoglu will then travel to Oregon for a Thursday tour of the Blazers’ facilities and meetings with Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard and assistant GM Tom Penn. With the Blazers projected to have $8 million to $9 million in salary-cap space this summer — with firm figures not known until the league announces next season’s salary cap on July 8 — and the Orlando Magic lacking the financial flexibility to re-sign Turkoglu after trading for Vince Carter last week, Turkoglu is widely expected to land with the Blazers as the first marquee free-agent signing of Pritchard’s reign.
Because Detroit is likely to turn their attention toward Charlie Villanueva, Hedo is Portland’s for the taking. Woody Wommack grew up in Portland and is a big Trailblazers fan, and he will provide his thoughts sometime soon.