Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu chimed in about their uncertain futures with the Magic over Twitter on Friday after a reader asked a reporter — and them — when the team will resolve the players’ situations.
Harrington wrote: “I hope VERY SOON!!!!”
Turkoglu wrote: “I will be really happy if they can do it as soon as possible.”
Harrington and Turkoglu don’t expect the Magic to keep them.
If the team cuts Turkoglu now, the team would be obligated to pay him just $6 million of his $12 million salary for the upcoming season, which is the final year of Turkoglu's deal.
If the team cuts Harrington now, it would be obligated to pay him $3.57 million of his $7.15 million salary for the 2013-14 season and $3.8 million of his $7.6 million salary for the 2014-15 season.
The longer it takes to resolve Harrington's and Turkoglu's futures, the more difficult it may be for each of them to sign with another team with an open roster spot.
The winners get . . .
There was a rumor going around that the summer league’s winning team would have all of its expenses paid for by the other nine participating teams.
That rumor is not accurate
The Oklahoma City Thunder won the title by beating the Houston Rockets 85-77 on Friday.
Thunder players each received an adjustable baseball cap. The text on its front, written in capital letters, read: “SOUTHWEST ORLANDO PRO SUMMER LEAGUE 2013 CHAMPIONS.”
The league’s 10 teams split the expenses to run the league. The expenses included the price of the food and the wages for the stat keepers, custodians and security workers.
Each team pays its own travel and lodging costs.
This year, for the first time, the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas has adopted a tournament format, with each team playing at least five games. Teams that play more than five games will have some of their added expenses paid for by the league.
• Free agent guard A.J. Slaughter scored 25 points on 10-of-22 shooting for the Magic in their 102-83 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. Slaughter also had nine assists, seven steals and five turnovers. The Magic would like to sign someone to be their third point guard, and he’s a contender for that spot.
• Julius Erving attended two games Friday at Amway Center. He was in town to attend an AAU basketball tournament.
• Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Houston’s Terrence Jones, Oklahoma City’s Jeremy Lamb, Orlando’s Victor Oladipo and Boston’s Kelly Olynyk were named to the Orlando Pro Summer League’s all-tournament first team.
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.