Clippers sign Hedo Turkoglu
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers signed veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu, the team announced Thursday.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said on Wednesday that the team anticipated signing him before their two-week road trip, which begins Friday against the Knicks.
Turkoglu signed his contract Thursday morning and was on the Clippers' charter flight to New York. He will wear No. 8 for the Clippers and will be in uniform on Friday.
"It feels great," Turkoglu told the team's official website. "I'm really excited, a little bit nervous. It's a new chapter for me. This is my 14th year and I'm just really happy to be a part of this great organization."
Terms of the deal were not announced but it is believed Turkoglu was signed for the rest of the season. The Clippers made room on the roster for Turkoglu by releasing guard Maalik Wayns. The Clippers also announced they re-signed guard Darius Morris to a second 10-day contract.
"He's another shooter," Rivers said of Turkoglu. "Sometimes you don't bring a guy in because a guy is not doing something. You bring a guy in because he does something our other guys do as well. He's another shooter and can space the floor. He's very skilled. We would like to take advantage of that."
The Clippers brought in Turkoglu for a meeting and a workout last Thursday and liked what they saw.
"He made shots from everywhere," Rivers said after the free agent's workout. "He looked good. It was a good workout."
Turkoglu, who was cut by the Orlando Magic earlier this month, hasn't played this season and played in only 11 games last season because of injuries and a 20-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Rivers and the Clippers have had their eyes on Turkoglu since he became available.
"I just like him as a player," Rivers said last week. "I think he's out there and we should look at him. I've always liked him. He can play [the] 3 and 4. It's a position that we can use in some ways, so we're looking."
Rivers did not rule out looking at other free agents to add, including Lamar Odom.
"We're looking at everyone," Rivers said. "We're not going to stop looking. I think it's our job to do that. We'll keep watching and paying attention to everyone -- guards, bigs, everyone."