“It feels great. I’m really excited. A little bit nervous.” Turkoglu told the Clippers after signing his contract. “It’s a new chapter for me. I’m just happy to be part of this great organization.”
After signing, Turkoglu left with the Clippers on their eleven day, seven game Grammy Awards Road Trip and will be in the line-up Friday night when the Clippers visit Madison Square Garden to take on Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
Turkoglu is familiar with a few of his new teammates having played alongside J.J. Redick in Orlando and Jared Dudley in Phoenix. The 6-foot, 10-inch forward also played with San Antonio, Toronto and Sacramento - who drafted Turkoglu with the 16th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft.
The Turkish native’s career numbers read 12 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. A career 38 per cent shooter from three-point range, Turkoglu is expected to give the Clippers another sharp-shooter off the bench.
The Clippers also re-signed guard Darius Morris to a second 10-day contract after originally signing with the club on January 6th. The Los Angeles native has appeared in three games with the Clippers, averaging 1.0 point and 0.3 assists in 6.8 minutes per game.
To make room for Turkoglu the Clippers released guard Maalik Wayns who was in his second stint with the team.
To hear Clippers head coach Doc Rivers talk about the addition of Turkoglu, please click on the video with this story.