Turkoglu sees stars in future

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:07 PM ET

The Raptors' resident Turk hopes to delight the fans in Toronto this season by making the NBA all-star team for the first time in his career.

Hedo Turkoglu, who was acquired by the Raptors on July 9 in a sign-and- trade deal involving four teams, told the Turkish newspaper Zaman recently that his primary goal for this 2009-10 NBA season is to make the all-star team.

Turkoglu, 30, made the NBA all-rookie second team in 2001 and was the league's most improved player in 2008, but has never been named to the all-star team.

An international standout with the Turkish national team, Turkoglu averaged 15.8 points and 4.5 rebounds during the 2009 playoffs, helping to guide the Orlando Magic to the NBA final.

He averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds during the regular season.

Turkoglu and his national side recently wrapped up a training camp in Bormio, Italy, in preparation for next month's EuroBasket championship to be held in Poland.

Turkoglu, 30, will be busy the next couple of summers as Turkey will host the 2010 FIBA World Championships. The Canadian national team will compete at the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico later this summer in the hopes of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the worlds.

King James to walk?

AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James is going to make the Cleveland Cavaliers wait -- and sweat.

James has indicated that he is unlikely to accept a contract extension from the Cavs until after the 2009-10 season and presumably will become a free agent.

At an event in his hometown to unveil Nike Air Max LeBron VII, the latest sneaker in his signature line, James made his strongest comments yet about his future. The NBA's reigning MVP said he signed a three-year contract in 2006 to give him more options once it expires.

"I signed a contract in 2006 with an option, and it would make no sense for me to sign that contract if I didn't keep my options open," he said. "I'll let you fill in the blanks."

The Cavaliers offered James a contract extension on July 18, the three-year anniversary of the signing of his current deal.

Roy gets his props

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard called Brandon Roy a pillar of the franchise at a press conference during which he formally announced Roy's multi-year contract extension.

Pritchard said it was "an amazing day" and that he looked forward to Roy's future with the team.

He recalled going out to watch Roy in a workout before he was first signed to the team.

"I remember driving back from that workout thinking this is our guy, and he's going to be a pillar of our franchise," he said.

Briefly

Ben Wallace is expected to sign a one-year deal worth $1.3 million next week with Detroit ... The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed forward Marvin Williams ... The Denver Nuggets have traded Steven Hunter to Memphis for draft picks.


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