Free agent moves: Hedo to Portland, Kidd to Dallas

07.03.09 10 years ago 42 Comments

In the last hour, it’s been reported by multiple sources that Hedo Turkoglu has agreed to a deal with the Blazers, and Jason Kidd has agreed to return to the Mavs.

Hedo was believed to have a five-year, $50 million offer on the table from Portland, which he was weighing against a five-year, $60 million offer from Toronto. On paper it doesn’t make sense for the Blazers to go after another small forward when they have a bigger need at point guard and they’ve already got four SF’s on the roster (Martell Webster, Travis Outlaw, Nic Batum, Rudy Fernandez), and especially when one of their prized young players may be royally pissed off by the team brining in Hedo. But Hedo is better than any of those guys, and if Portland wants to win now, he’s the right player to go after; he can play PG in crunch time and gives the Blazers another guy to sling daggers in the fourth quarter next to Outlaw and Brandon Roy.

As for Kidd, his two main suitors were the Mavs and Knicks — kind of suprising considering he was expected to be a target of contending teams with mid-level exceptions like the Lakers and Cavs. But Kidd was obviously more interested in long-term security than a one-and-done run at a championship, and the Mavs came through with a reported offer for three years at $27 million.

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