LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Hedo Turkoglu, a small forward in his 14th NBA season, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday as the team departed for a seven-game, cross-country road trip.
The Turkish veteran worked out for the Pacific division leaders last week, then signed a deal and rushed to the airport to join his new teammates for a flight to New York, where he will suit up for the first time with the Clippers on Friday.
”It feels great,” Turkoglu said. ”I’m really excited, a little bit nervous. It’s a new chapter for me.”
Turkoglu, voted the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2008, has averaged 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 897 games for Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Toronto and Phoenix.
Turkoglu, who helped Orlando reach the NBA Finals in 2009, provides versatility and scoring punch off the bench for the Clippers, who are 27-13, fourth in the Western Conference.