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Hedo Turkoglu, Trail Blazers break off talks

Celtics making a push for Rasheed Wallace.

July 04, 2009|Associated Press

Free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu and the Portland Trail Blazers have ended contract talks, a person close to the team confirmed Friday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the negotiations.

Turkoglu's agent, Lon Babby, didn't immediately return calls or e-mails.

The Oregonian newspaper reported that Toronto was Turkoglu's likely destination.

The 6-foot-10 forward who helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals arrived in Portland on Thursday to meet Trail Blazers executives and tour the city.

He opted out of his Orlando contract last week when the team acquired Vince Carter from New Jersey. Turkoglu was due $7.3 million next season in the final year of his $36-million, six-year deal with Orlando. He averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.

Turkoglu, from Turkey, is a nine-year NBA veteran. He played for Sacramento and San Antonio before signing with Orlando in 2004.

He was said to be seeking a long-term deal worth at least $10 million annually.

Celtics make push for Wallace

The Boston Celtics have offered free-agent forward Rasheed Wallace a contract, according to a published report.

The Boston Globe reported the Celtics offered Wallace a deal during a three-hour meeting in Detroit on Thursday.

Wallace's agent, Bill Strickland, told the Globe in a text message that it was a "very good meeting; some contractual terms discussed, nothing agreed to."

Wallace, 35, averaged 12 points with the Pistons last season.

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