The Toronto Raptors confirmed the acquisition of free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu in a complicated transaction involving four teams on Thursday.
The Raptors negotiated a pair of sign-and-trades to get Turkoglu from the Orlando Magic as well as forward Devean George and swingman Antoine Wright from the Dallas Mavericks.
"We're very pleased to have landed one of the top free agents available this summer," Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said of Turkoglu.
Toronto sent cash considerations to Orlando, a second-round draft pick in 2016 to the Memphis Grizzlies, and reserve forwards Kris Humphries and Nathan Jawai and cash to the Mavericks, who also received forward Shawn Marion in a sign-and-trade.
Dallas completed the four-way deal by sending cash to Orlando, and trading swingman Jerry Stackhouse and cash to Memphis for guard Greg Buckner.
"This is not common," said Lon Babby, Turkoglu's agent. "It is a credit to this organization [Toronto] and their creativity to find a solution."
"It took some selling, it might have even took some pain, but we found a way to get it done," Colangelo explained. "Now we set our sights on making sure that Chris Bosh remains a part of that core as we move forward.
"And I can tell you with certainty that the moves that have been made have been met with appreciation and excitement on Chris's part thus far."
'Chris helped recruit Hedo'
Keen on Big Turk
Toronto Raptors president and GM Bryan Colangelo has coveted Hedo Turkoglu for years, but he failed to sign him in 2004 when he was GM of the Phoenix Suns. Turkoglu, 30, has averaged 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 27.9 minutes in 678 NBa games since he was drafted 16th overall in 2000. He has played for the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic.
Several media outlets reported last week that Turkoglu, fresh off a run to the NBA final with Orlando, had talked with Toronto but was headed to the Portland Trail Blazers.
However, the deal with Portland fell apart last Friday and the Raptors swooped in and sold Turkoglu on the team and the city of Toronto's cosmopolitan flair.
"First of all, it is a great city, a multicultural city and I grew up in a big city," Turkoglu said. "But me making this decision, I always look for the team that I'm going to feel comfortable and do something that I have been doing many, many years."
"Little known fact is Chris helped recruit Hedo last Friday," Colangelo revealed. "[I] reached out to Chris, Chris made a phone call and I would believe that would be a very important call for this guy to get when Chris Bosh calls you and says, 'I want you to come play for us and make us better.'"
"When I heard his voice I was really happy about it," Turkoglu said. "He [Bosh] has been an all-star in this league and he has been a dominant player.
"I was just happy to hear I'm welcome by that type of guy. It is really important.
"I know he is going to enjoy playing with me and I'm going to enjoy playing with him and other guys, too. Hopefully, we all have a great year and then he makes his decision to stay here with a great group of guys [or become a free agent]."
Turkoglu had one year and $7.3 million US remaining on his contract with Orlando, but opted to become a free agent on July 1.
Toronto reportedly signed him for five years and $53 million US.