From the Globe and Mailâ€™s Jeff Blair
Start with the fact that Hedo Turkoglu wants to be in Toronto and that his wife Banu loves the city, and Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo’s latest signing is a strong move.
Go from there and factor in that Turkoglu actually wants the ball late in a game and knows what to do with it, then couple in the pick-and-roll possibilities that have hoop-heads all agog and try to come up with a downside to the team’s free-agent signing.
Colangelo has taken what is essentially the first step of a makeover that will be undertaken when Bosh leaves either as a free agent or through a sign and trade. He has ensured the team will still be competitive.
Turkoglu and Andrea Bargnani doesn’t whisper ‘championship,’ but with pieces added after Bosh leaves, the foundation is there to play a style of basketball that will keep the team competitive.
Turkoglu, Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Player A and Player B sound a lot better than Bargnani, Calderon and Players A, B and C. Besides, this is only money.
Whatever this costs the Raptors in renounced free agents is irrelevant.
Shawn Marion isn’t a difference maker, and in reality he and whoever else is renounced can be replaced, particularly in a buyer’s market.
For a team that is preparing to see yet another franchise player walk away and have its collective psyche dealt yet another blow, having a guy like Turkoglu who can play and actually wants to be in the city is something to be celebrated.
Blair gets to a good point and that is that is that the Toronto Raptors arenâ€™t planning to keep Chris Bosh happy, they are planning for life after Chris Bosh.