A source says Turkoglu’s wife wanted badly to live in Toronto, a far more European-style city, and that’s where it appears the Turkish native is headed. The Raptors have embraced the Euro game under GM Bryan Colangelo, building a roster that includes Euro talents Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani.
Five years ago, Turkoglu was close to signing with the Phoenix Suns that Colangelo was running, but changed his mind and went to the Orlando Magic.
yeah the extra $10mil + has NOTHING to do with it
Hedo Turkoglu-G/F- Magic Jul. 4 - 11:29 am et
The Raptors offer to Hedo Turkoglu will pay him more than $60 million over five years, according to David Aldridge on NBA.com.
That figure is significantly higher than earlier reports, which pegged his salary closer to $56 million. Either way, the Raptors must renounce a host of their own free agents, including Shawn Marion, Anthony Parker and Carlos Delfino (and potentially Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Jake Voskuhl). The deal can't become official until Wednesday, and it's possible Toronto will clear space via a few sign-and-trades before then.
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