It's official: Hedo heading to Phoenix

The Toronto Raptors have sent disgruntled forward Hedo Turkoglu to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for...

The Toronto Raptors have sent disgruntled forward Hedo Turkoglu to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard Leandro Barbosa and forward/center Dwayne Jones. (DAVID SHERMAN/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)

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Toronto, ON - The Toronto Raptors have traded forward Hedo Turkoglu to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard Leandro Barbosa and forward/center Dwayne Jones.

Turkoglu signed a long-term contract with Toronto last season as a free agent after backing out of a deal with Portland. In 74 games last season, he struggled to per-game averages of just 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. The point total is his lowest since 2003-04 when he played for Sacramento.

“After much fanfare and high expectations, things just didn’t seem to work out here for Turk,” said Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo. “I’m certain he will move on and contribute great things to Phoenix. We wish him well.”

The 31-year-old Turkoglu spent five seasons with Orlando prior to his signing with Toronto and helped to lead the Magic to an Eastern Conference title in 2009 after averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 77 regular season games.

Barbosa had spent his entire seven-year career in Phoenix and averaged 9.5 points last season in 44 games. The per-game point average was his lowest since 2004-05.

“Leandro Barbosa is a player I’m quite familiar with and I’m very pleased that he is coming to Toronto,” said Colangelo, who traded for Barbosa when he was GM of the Suns in 2003. “His speed, quickness and scoring ability will mesh well with our desired playing style and talented young athletes.”

Jones, at 6-foot-10, 250 pounds, is a five-year veteran out of St. Joseph’s that has averaged 1.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 7.8 minutes in 82 career games.


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