Raps set to ship out Hedo: Report

Reports out of Arizona indicate that the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns are working on a trade...

Reports out of Arizona indicate that the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns are working on a trade that involves disgruntled forward Hedo Turkoglu. (DAVID LIAM KYLE/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

Hedo Turkoglu’s days in Toronto might be over.

The Arizona Republic reported late Sunday night that the Raptors and Phoenix Suns were working on a deal that would send Turkoglu to Phoenix in exchange for guard Leandro Barbosa.

The Suns are also expected to swing a sign-and-trade deal with the Atlanta Hawks for swingman Josh Childress, who spent last season in Greece.

According to the Republic, Turkoglu is represented by player agent Lon Babby, a candidate to take over as GM in Phoenix for Steve Kerr.

Turkoglu was a massive disappointment in Toronto after signing a hefty contract with the team in a complicated sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic.

Turkoglu has four years remaining on his contract ($9.8 million US, $10.6, $11.4, $12.0) while Barbosa has just two years left, for $7.1 and $7.6 million.

Bryan Colangelo drafted Barbosa with the 28th pick of the 2003 draft and has remained a fan of his game.

Barbosa is a 6-foot-3 scoring guard who has shot 41.8% from three-point land for his career and can also break down opponents off the dribble with his quickness.

He was the recipient of the 2006-07 sixth man of the year award but has missed considerable time throughout his career due to injuries, including 38 games last season.

The move would give the Raptors more leeway in terms of using their traded player exception, before they hit the dreaded luxury tax.

Turkoglu complained about his role and asked for a trade in an interview on Turkish television last month. He recently attempted to mend fences in a second interview, saying he’d be happy to come back, but it is believed the Raptors assured him they would move him if they found an opportunity.

It appears that is the case.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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