Turkoglu, Calderon Traded From Raptors in 3-team Deal
The Toronto Raptors have unloaded unsatisfied forward Hedo Turkoglu and Jose Calderon Monday in a trade that evolved over the weekend. Turkoglu will land in Phoenix to help off-set some of Amar'e Stoudemire's production and Grant Hill's aging, while Calderon will be sent to Charlotte to help the Bobcats backcourt that recently lost Ray Felton to the New York Knicks via free agency. Leandro Barbosa, the Suns combo-guard in his last year of his contract, will head over the border with Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw from Charlotte.
This deal helps Toronto out in a major way in attempting to offset the loss of Chris Bosh; the Raptors not only acquire and "steal" Ed Davis and Solomon Alabi in the 2010 NBA Draft, but now have two solid, but not spectacular frontcourt pieces in Diaw and Chandler, in addition to Andrea Bargnani. Turkoglu and Calderon had publically expressed their discontent in Toronto and will now leave town with Jarrett Jack and Barbosa battling out the starting point guard duties.