Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu appears to be leaning towards opting out of his contract at the end of the season.
Turkoglu indicated as much during an interview with the Orlando Sentinel on Monday, but has yet to make a final decision.
If he decides to remain playing under his current six-year, $39 million contract, he'd earn around $7.3 million next season.
"If I'm coming out, I'm coming out for one reason — to secure myself, my family. Not wait for the NBA lockout and stuff. The only reason I'm making that decision — if I decided that — is not to worry about another year," Turkoglu said.
"Listen, the market is going to be bad, anyway, this year or the next year. I'm just thinking about doing my best for this team and go from there.
"I just don't want to go through this stuff again and have to worry about injuries and lockouts and other stuff ... and just have a clear mind. Just knowing that I'm secure for another four or five years and just focus on my game."
The collective bargaining agreement will expire after the 2010-11 season and could lead to a decrease in salaries.
Turkoglu Leaning Towards Opting Out
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