Hedo Turkoglu’s phone rings, playing “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston…

“Ball — this Hedo. Eddy, what going on? Long time, no pizza.”

“No. Not a way. ”

“You are being serious? Guy who owns Little Caesars bought the Detroit Pistons?

“Basketball team Pistons?”

“Hedo’s gotta go.”


Hedo hangs up the phone and goes to his computer where he pulls up ESPN’s Trade Machine. He types and clicks for several minutes before he sits back and smiles.


Hedo picks up his phone and starts dialing furiously. After several misfires, he finally calls Suns GM Lance Blanks.

“Ball — this Hedo.”

“Mr. Lance, call Detroit and tell them you need Ben Gordon. Tell them I will dribble the ball — ball — because Rodney Stuckey is not good at it.”

“Trust me, will work. Already figured. Miss you.”


Hedo hangs up the phone, leans back in his pizza-shaped chaise lounge chair and smiles a devilish grin.