Clippers sign veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu
JAN 16, 2014 12:52p ET
Turkoglu, who worked out with the squad on Jan. 9, is signed for the rest of the season, according to the Clippers.
"It feels great," Turkoglu told Clippers.com. "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."
"He's another shooter," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers added. "Sometimes you don't bring a guy in because someone's not doing something. It's because he does something that our other guys do as well. He can space the floor. He's very skilled and we'd like to take advantage of that."
The versatile Turkoglu can handle the ball, play both forward positions, and gives the Clippers another scoring option off the bench.
To make room for Turkoglu, the Clippers released guard Maalik Wayns and also signed guard Darius Morris to a second 10-day contract.
"I assume what I've done in the past made [Rivers] think I would be a good fit," Turkoglu said. "That feeling right now, kind of nervous, butterflies is there. It's been wild for me just waiting out there and trying to see what's going to happen.
"I hope I fit in the best way I can. Playing, not playing, it doesn't matter. It's just about being a part of the great things that are going to happen for this organization."
Turkoglu, whose career averages include 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 897 games, has played in just 11 games since the start of the 2012-13 season because of to various injuries. He has not appeared in a game this year and was waived by the Magic, his fifth team, on Jan. 3.
"I was surprised it took this long," Turkoglu said of his inevitable release from the Magic. "I wish it could have gotten done before, but I always believe something happens for a reason and I guess it was just meant to happen this way."