Hedo Turkoglu hits the ground in Portland

Hedo Turkoglu and the Portland Trailblazers continued their free agent courtship on Thursday, this time with Hedo making a trip to the Rose City to meet with team officials. While nothing is set in stone, it appears that a deal is all but done. The question is whether or not the Magic will get something out of the deal. Portland is expected to be anywhere from 7-9 million under the salary cap, meaning that they can sign Turkoglu to a contract for that amount and give nothing in return to Orlando. But if another team, say Toronto, offers Turkoglu more money, the only way the Blazers can match is through a sign-and-trade with the the Magic. Portland has two players, Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw, who are in the final year of their contract and could help the Magic almost immediately. I have many more thoughts on why it’s a terrible decision for the Blazers to sign Turkoglu, but I’ll go into those later if/when the deal goes down. In the meantime, here’s what Hedo had to say when he arrived at the Portland Airport, courtesy of The Oregonian’s Web site, OregonLive.com.

Hedo Turkoglu arrives for Portland visit
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