- The Washington Times - Friday, July 10, 2009

From combined dispatches

The Toronto Raptors got their top offseason target — thanks to some help from Chris Bosh — finalizing the acquisition of Hedo Turkoglu on Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 forward with a great shooting touch hit the market when the Orlando Magic acquired Vince Carter from New Jersey. Turkoglu opted out of his contract and was close to a deal with Portland last Friday before Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo swooped in.

He got an assist from Bosh, his All-Star forward who made a recruiting call.

Technically, Turkoglu re-signed with the Magic and was traded to Toronto as part of an eight-player, four-team deal. The Raptors also sent Shawn Marion, forward Kris Humphries and center Nathan Jawai to Dallas, and they received swingmen Antoine Wright and Devean George. In addition, Toronto gave Memphis a second-round pick and cash, plus the Raptors gave cash to Orlando.

The Grizzlies also got Jerry Stackhouse from Dallas and sent guard Greg Buckner to the Mavericks.

CAVALIERS: Cleveland and Anderson Varejao — the energetic big man with long, curly hair known to the team’s fans as “Wild Thing” — agreed on a multiyear contract.

Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry announced the signing, though terms were not disclosed. The 6-11 center/forward from Brazil has played five years in the NBA, all with Cleveland.

PISTONS: Detroit picked Cleveland assistant John Kuester as its new coach.

Kuester was on Larry Brown’s NBA championship-winning staff in Detroit five years ago.

Kuester is the team’s sixth coach in the past 10 years. He has worked in the NBA since 1990, including 13 years as an assistant. After his earlier stint in Detroit, he spent the last two years in Cleveland.

Before that, Kuester replaced Rick Pitino at Boston University in 1983 and later spent five seasons coaching George Washington.

CLIPPERS: Los Angeles signed Blake Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

The team said Griffin’s deal was official, and terms were not announced.

Griffin is playing on the Clippers’ NBA Summer League entry in Las Vegas next week.

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