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Phoenix Suns Add Another Player With Trade For Toronto's Hedo Turkoglu

The Phoenix Suns made another official move today.

Hours after completing a sign and trade for Josh Childress, the Suns traded for Toronto Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu.

Leandro Barbosa and Dwayne Jones were sent to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Turkoglu.

With Amar'e Stoudemire gone to New York, the additions of Childress and Turkoglu are an attempt to fill that void.

After a breakout year with the Orlando Magic in 2007-08 when he scored 19.5 points and had 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists, Turkoglu was named the NBA's Most Improved Player.

Yet his numbers dropped off the past two seasons, including a trying year in Toronto last season where he scored just over 11 points per game.

Turkolgu wanted a change of scenery and he got it. From the lowly Raptors (especially now that Chris Bosh is gone) to the run-and-gun Suns.

Hopefully Hedo can keep up as Steve Nash and Jason Richardson zoom up and down the court trying to score 150 points per game.

With the Suns defense (or lack thereof) it may take that many for the team to be successful.

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