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Did Hedo Turkoglu's wife sway his decision to sign with Toronto?

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Hedo Turkoglu, who helped lead the Orlando Magic to its first appearance in the NBA Finals since 1995, shocked anyone who's paying attention to the NBA over the holiday weekend when he agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors instead of the Portland Trailblazers.

By all accounts, it wasn't the length of the contract being offered, it wasn't the money and it wasn't the team itself that made Turkoglu balk at Portland's offer. So, what was it?

During these times when we seek NBA wisdom, we begrudgingly turn to ESPN reporter Ric Bucher's Twitter feed, where he writes, "Toronto's shot at getting Hedo: apparently his wife loves the city. Any (happily) married man can tell you how much weight that carries."

And it's not just the spouse he's thinking about. Turkoglu and his wife,
Banu, had a baby girl in February. Living in Portland puts the family an extra five hours away from Turkey.

So, let this be a lesson to any team hoping to sign Hedo Turkoglu in the future: If you really want Hedo, you'll move your team as close to Turkey as humanly possible.

But fear not, Trail Blazer fan. As Oregonian reporter Jason Quick informs us, "
Thirty minutes after Turkoglu rejected the offer, the Blazers were back on the phone lines."

Any thoughts as to what they were up to druing those 30 minutes of in-between time?

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i can only hope they were on the phone with the likes of MJ. with the bobcats organization, for Gerald wallace.

Or even more i hope they were on the phone with Mcdyess telling about all the championship rings he could be having on those fingers of his.

then again a steve nash for a cheaper price wouldnt be bad

i can only hope they were on the phone with the likes of MJ. with the bobcats organization, for Gerald wallace.

Or even more i hope they were on the phone with Mcdyess telling about all the championship rings he could be having on those fingers of his.

then again a steve nash for a cheaper price wouldnt be bad

i can only hope they were on the phone with the likes of MJ. with the bobcats organization, for Gerald wallace.

Or even more i hope they were on the phone with Mcdyess telling about all the championship rings he could be having on those fingers of his.

then again a steve nash for a cheaper price wouldnt be bad

We didn't want a flake on the Blazers anyway. Hedo should fire his current agent and let his wife do the negotiating....

Who wants to live in Portland anyways? Everyone is treating the Blazers as if they are a piece away from winning it all... I will admit that Roy is going to be a top 5 player next year, but outside of him Portland has no all stars. LA is good, but a jump shooter. You have no centers or point guards.

hahaha portland owned by hedo

Who would want to go to Portland? It was only smart for Hedo to go to Toronto, nicer city and a team that is going to make a run in the playoffs this year

Who would want to go to Portland? It was only smart for Hedo to go to Toronto, nicer city and a team that is going to make a run in the playoffs this year

LMAO, if he had of signed in Portland, there would be Blazer fans replying here about how awesome he is, and how his signing will mean an immediate championship in Portland. The Blazers stink, the city stinks (ask Hedo's wife), and Portland wasn't willing to up the offer, they simply got outbid by a classier city and a better deal.

Check your grapes, Oregon, something tells me they've gone sour...

Yeah no other all stars?!?
Hey LAnce I can only assume by your name you're a fakers fan. What happens everytime the champs visit Portland and our no all star team?! Oh yeah they get straight up owned. Why is it that in every poll the blazers were the team predicted to be able to be the lakers in the west playoffs?! Even if your not a Lakers fan you know that they blazers roll deep with talent! LA will be an all star this year guarenteed! Did you happen to watch Olympic basketball? Did you notice Rudy puts up as many boards as Kobe in the olympics?! Or did you fail to notice that Oden had only 1/2 a season under his giant belt this year? Portland has all stars, just not the publicity as huge franchises like LA or Orlando, Cleavland or Boston. Next year the Blazers have minimum 2 all stars off the current roster in the all star game!!! Did you notice Rudy brome the rookie 3pt record this last season? Think before you right smart guy! Look at stats not just all star votes!
So Portland lost Turk, oh well he's a stud but we needed a PG more than a SF anyway. Don't sweat it blazer fan! 2009-2010 season is just around the corner. Another round in the playoffs, and probably a conf finals appearance.
Sorry the truth hurts Laker fan!!!!

Young guns,
you're obviously a Toronto fan, because you failed to notice that hedo chose a team that didn't make the playoffs this past season let alone wasn't a top 4 seed. Hmm. And have you ever been to both Portland and Toronto? Obviously not!
Tony Tony Tony
get the facts straight. Toronto actually gave him less money than the blazers offered. The blazers first offer was 58.8 mil over 5. As to Torontos 53. So they didn't get out bid. The quote that the blazers stink is irronic coming from a fan defending a team that didn't make the playoffs! Ouch had you already forgotten?! Irronic that Portland beat the champs during every visit they made to Portland this past season, how'd that work out for Toronto again?oh yeah they lost every contest with the lakers, and the blazers! Crazy huh you declare they stink yet they made the playoffs and owned your team all season both in every meeting and statistically. Toronto had 33 wins last season, I just don't see a major contender there guys! Nor does anyone else outside of Toronto!
And there wasn't a fan, or media outlet in Portland excited about Turk coming here! So your wrong there. Blazer fans have been asking for a vet pg for over 2 years now. Not a sf so not sure how you figure that statement either? We've got Roy, fernandez, Aldridge, and Oden we don't need Turk to contend, and obviously Toronto needs Turk and a lot more!
Turks the man and I hope it's a good fit for him!
Get your facts straight Toronto fans!

Coming from a Bostonian, Toronto is one of the nicest cities in North America, great multicultural base. But any Toronto fan who believes the Raptors have more pieces than Portland is seriously biased. Blazers are a better team. But I've been to Portland. Its pretty ugly.

Portland is a much better team. Toronto is a one of the nicest cities in North America. I've been to Portland as well. Its a total dump.

HEDO is P-whipped, thats why he backed out of the deal.lmao

Dude, blazer fans shut up. You are making us look bad. Toronto sucks, everyone knows that. Lakers are the champs, who cares if we beat them at home?! We dont have the one up on them, so shut your mouth. If some homo wants to run his mouth about the blazers and the city of portland let them. I love the blazers, and I hate driving into portland, because it is a dump. Portland isnt the reason Oregon is so great, so don't kind yourself, they are right the city does suck. We have a kick ass basketball team and thats all we need to say.

Toronto is only 3 hours time difference with Portland. And Toronto is a really nice city. Can't say anything about Portland since I've never been there.

Dude, blazer fans shut up. You are making us look bad. Toronto sucks, everyone knows that. Lakers are the champs, who cares if we beat them at home?! We dont have the one up on them, so shut your mouth. If some dude wants to run his mouth about the blazers and the city of portland let them. I love the blazers, and I hate driving into portland, because it is a dump. Portland isnt the reason Oregon is so great, so don't kind yourself, they are right the city does suck. We have a awesome basketball team and thats all we need to say.

Toronto a contender?!!! What a joke! Not only did they not make the playoffs last year, they just dumped three solid players to get one, albeit good, but overrated talent because of Orlando's Finals appearance. Portland is the 2nd youngest team in the NBA stocked with talent, so all you haters out there need to stop lying to yourselves about the Blazers, and if you don't believe me we will settle it on the court in '10.

As far as the city is concerned, I live here in Portland, so I really don't know where you all get calling the city a 'dump'. This is about basketball fellas, and in my humble opinion, Portland is a beautiful city and I am proud to live.

it is not about stats. Turk makes others better. He would be a very good fit in portland. Bosh is lucky.

toronto efffin rulesss!!
the GREATER TORONTO AREA (cities surrounding toronto) is amazzzing... the people are great and the way of living is greaaat!

hedo would love it here!
hopefullyyyyyy, we get some other players though coz hedo alone is not good enough. we neeeed moreee!

2008-2009 Records

Portland: 54-28
Toronto: 33-49

I won't even waste any keystrokes replying to those dissing Portland except to say that if you don't like our city, please stay away.

Thank you.

Rob - While the Raps had a terrible record last year they really are a much better team than what they showed. Had some key injuries and the TJ for JO trade didn't really work out. Throw Hedo into the mix with Delfino coming back, DeRozan and Grahams athleticism, some toughness from Reggie Evans a healthy Calderon and they'll be back around the top of the East. Not on Boston or Cleveland's level, but then Portland isn't on LA's level either.

Any jackass that thinks Portland isn't a contender with LA is just that, a jackass. Anyone who's actually been at the games between LA and Portland knows they can compete with LA so Will you shut your mouth. I don't live in Portland either, but I do work here and it is a pretty sweet city, maybeI your issue is all you do is eat sleep and work and never actually go explore the city. It's a cyclist and outdoors mans dream so I dunno what the hell you have to complain about will.
I think Sean said it best.
54-28
33-49
hmmm. Yeah don't think turk can change that on his own! Wish him the best of luck though!

I think most of the people who are saying the city of Portland sucks must not have spent much time there, or must have gone to the wrong neighborhood. If you spent all your time around the airport or in Southeast Portland, you probably would think it's a dump.

However, it was just named the most underrated, as well as the cleanest, city in the US:

biz.yahoo.com/prnews/090625/ny38035.html?.v=1

I've been to Boston myself. If I only visited south Boston or Chelsea, or stayed around Logan, I'd say it sucks, too. But fortunately I stayed on Tremont Street, walked to the Four Seasons overlooking the Public Gardens where my friend was getting married, ate dinner at an Italian place in the North End, and visited Cambridge. So it was lovely.

I've been to LA. I've been to Denver. I've been to San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Phoenix. There are good parts and crummy parts to every city.

Portland is generally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It's known for its great restaurants, bookstores, parks, and ecofriendly transportation options. NBA players can live in upscale suburbs like Lake Oswego or West Linn, or downtown in the Pearl District. There are also more strip clubs and brewpubs, per capita, in Portland than anywhere else in the US.

Players who come to Portland generally fall in love with it. That's why so many former Blazers (Mychal Thompson, Kermit Washington, Brian Grant, Jerome Kersey, Clifford Robinson, Clyde Drexler, Michael Holton, Rick Adelman, Geoff Petrie, Kevin Duckworth, Maurice Lucas, Dave Twardzik, Larry Steele, Antonio Harvey) choose to make Portland their home after retiring as players.

Hey Andy, Orlando couldn't beat LA and we swept them in the reg. season. Any notion that Portland can beat LA in a PLAYOFF setting is simply laughable!! I live in Orlando,we lost a huge part of our team. I'm glad he's going to a NON- CONTENDER!!!!

you cant see Portland when your sitting inside the Rose Garden and the home team is stomping every team that comes to visit. then all you haters will take a second look and what's really ugly. its defeat, its using all you got and still losing. You can count on that

this is RIP CITY baby

Raptors have Bosh Bargnani Turkoglu calderone as 4 of their starting 5, with the likes of reggie evans amir johnson jarrett jack and antoine wright off the bench, not to mention bellenelli who gives pure offence. theyre an entirely different team than last yr,

and anyone who has ever been to portland knows its, for lack of better words, a very ugly city. Toronto is both thriving, clean, multicultural, and has a different flavour than any city ive travelled too. as a New Yorker our fav. place to travel outside our city has always been toronto for the lifestyle and culture, something most americans cant even imagine.
good choice for hedo!

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