NBA Insider - Summer of indecision far from Turkoglu's mind
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NBA Insider - Summer of indecision far from Turkoglu's mind

Hedo Turkoglu knows a lot of feelings were hurt in the Pacific Northwest back in July. After agreeing on a free-agent deal with Portland, he backed out and signed in Toronto.

Citing his family and the international makeup of Canada's largest city, including a large Turkish population, Turkoglu reversed ground. He hasn't looked in the rearview mirror since.

"I never look back on anything I did in my life, good or bad decisions," he said. "This was my decision and I have to deal with what happened. I made my decision and I'm happy about it. I just have to focus and keep doing my best."

The Blazers offered Turkoglu a reported $50 million over five years, plus a spot on an up-and-coming team with a need for a ball-handling big. Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard thought he found the missing piece, zeroing in on one of the stars of Orlando's run to the Finals.

Turkoglu liked what he heard, agreeing to the deal one day and having second thoughts the next. He pocketed about $3 million more with Toronto.

"I didn't do it on purpose," he said. "I appreciate all the hospitality they gave to me, it would have been nice [to go to Portland], but in the end I had to move on with my life and make the best decision for me and my family and basketball-wise. I have to continue doing what I've been doing and hopefully this will be the best situation."

The change of heart forced the Blazers to change their plan of attack. After looking into New York's David Lee and striking out on an offer sheet with Utah's Paul Millsap, Portland landed Philadelphia free-agent point guard Andre Miller.

Turkoglu doesn't wonder what if. He doesn't look up Blazers' box scores any more than previous stops Sacramento, San Antonio and Orlando. Portland is just another team on the schedule. Turkoglu won't have to face the Portland boo birds until March 14.

"I will watch when we play against them," he said. "Other than that it's part of the business right now. I can't look back and wish I was there or wish I could go somewhere else. The situation came out in the best way for me. I had to make a decision, so hopefully this is going to be a much better situation for me."

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