Magic Explore Bringing Hedo Turkoglu Back, Says GM
Yet he did admit that he had talked recently with the Toronto Raptors about a potential return of Hedo Turkoglu.
"We talked a couple times. We've had conversations (about Turkoglu), but nothing has transpired,'' Smith said. "It hasn't gone anywhere.''
Turkoglu spent five years with the Magic, playing a key role in getting them to the NBA Finals in 2009, where they lost to the Lakers. He left last summer as a free agent, taking a five-year, $53 million deal from the Raptors.
Turkoglu struggled in Toronto this season, one of the worst of his career. The Raptors were equally disappointed in him, and he was blamed for a rocky season that may lead to the exit of Raptors star Chris Bosh.
Turkoglu told a Turkish television station this summer that he wanted to be traded. Although his family never moved to Toronto and has remained in Orlando, being traded back to the Magic is unlikely because of his salary. He will be making $9.8 million next season.
Simply looking at the salaries, one way to make the money work would be if the Magic swapped backup center Marcin Gortat (making $6.3 million) and backup power forward Brandon Bass ($4 million) for Turkoglu, although it's not known if either party would be interested in such a deal.
Before he left for Toronto, the Magic had offered Turkoglu fewer years and less money than Toronto.