The writing has been on the wall for Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington all summer. The biggest move teh Magic were likely to make this offseason were buying out the remainder of Harrington and Turkoglu's contracts, saving the team nearly $9 million in salary and freeing up two roster spots for the team's young players and acquisitions.
Earlier this week, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported the Magic were working on a buyout of Turkoglu's final year (guaranteed for only half of the $12 million he is owed this year). It does not take a genius to see Harrington and Turkoglu playing with the Magic next season. Even if they are on the roster, they probably will not be playing much.
Everyone it seems wants to get this thing done. It is just a matter of working out the deal. And doing it quickly.
Both Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington responded to fan requests on Twitter about the buyout possibility and both expressed the desire that things get resolved quickly.
— Hidayet Türkoğlu (@hidoturkoglu15) July 12, 2013
— al harrington (@cheddahcheese7) July 14, 2013
It is the waiting that kills these guys. If they can play, they want to play. Especially when a move seems this inevitable. Both are assumedly working out and getting set for the 2013-14 season (Harrington has been working out trying to get back from the knee injury that kept him out for most of last season).
The buyouts are coming. Iti s only a matter of time.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, who is in Las Vegas this week, reported Al Harrington told a fan that he is about to be a free agent (h/t Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post).
There might already be interest in the veteran. Marc Berman of the New York Post reports the Knicks could target Harrington if an when he gets bought out. Harrington is physically in Las Vegas where he owns a home and has been working out trying to get back into playing shape. Harrington previously played for New York in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He was also a teammate of Carmelo Anthony's in 2011.
That may mean absolutely nothing of course. The Knicks surely are looking for veteran players willing to take the minimum to fill out their roster. Harrington certainly would fit that description.
It is unlikely the Magic would want to make a trade for Harrington involving their traded player exception either. New York does not have any assets Orlando would want or expiring contracts Orlando might want to absorb. The Magic have until August 10 to use the traded player exception before it expires.
Likely, Orlando is holding out some in hopes of finding a trade partner willing to take on the last years of these players' deals. That is becoming more and more unlikely.
Their buyouts are coming sooner rather than later.