Hedo Turkgolu will play for his third team in three years when the NBA season gets started this fall. One year after signing Hedo to a 5 year, 53 million dollar deal, The Raptors traded the Turk to the Pheonix Suns in exchange for guard Leandro Barbosa and forward Dwayne Jones. I feel bad for Barbosa. Having to play basketball in Canada is the NBA’s equivalent of the death penalty.
The Phoenix Suns have acquired forward Hedo Turkoglu in a trade that sends guard Leandro Barbosa and forward Dwayne Jones to Toronto.
The deal gives the Suns a third forward in their attempt to replace free agent Amare Stoudemire. Phoenix signed swingman Josh Childress in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta earlier Wednesday and picked up Hakim Warrick in similar swap with Chicago.
Turkoglu spent one disappointing season in Toronto, averaging 11.3 points after being named the NBA’s most improved player with Orlando the year before.
Barbosa, the NBA’s 2006-07 sixth man of the year, played seven seasons in Phoenix, averaging 12.6 points as a key sub. Jones spent most of last season in the NBA Developmental League. –The Associated Press
Turkgolu’s already packed his bags and ran all the way to Phoenix, a pretty incredible feat indeed. So incredible, that he decided to put the entire thing up on Vimeo. Video after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »