Friday, February 15, 2013
By Tom Carpenter
According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Hedo Turkoglu will be allowed to work out with the Orlando Magic while serving his 20-game suspension for testing positive for methenolone, but he will not be permitted in the arena on game nights. As for his future with the Magic, general manager Rob Hennigan said he didn't see why Turkoglu wouldn't play for the team after his suspension has run its course.
Looking down the road, if he were to test positive again, the consequences would increase dramatically each time.
"Turkoglu now will enter the league's SPEDs (steriods, performance enhancing drugs) program because of his positive test," wrote Robbins. "The program includes education and counseling and also future drug tests. A player who tests positive for a SPED for a second time will be suspended for 45 games. A third violation would result in a ban from the NBA."
Turk will turn 34 next month, and considering that his current contract runs out after next season and only $6 million of the $12 million due is guaranteed, it's a safe bet that the club will aim to buy him out during the offseason.
Turkoglu can return to game action on March 27 against the Charlotte Bobcats.