The Orlando Magic waived forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has been away from the team all season anyway, the team announced Friday.

If Turkoglu clears waivers, which is expected since it's unlikely a team wants to pick up the $6 million still owed on his contract, he will be free to sign with the team of his choice.

The Magic fielded calls from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks for Turkoglu, a person familiar with the team told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussion.

The deal with the Lakers would have resulted in more salary long term, and the deal with the Hawks had no value, the person said. Neither options were palatable to the Magic.

The Magic front office didn't see Turkoglu as part of the rebuilding process. The veteran was in the final year of a five-year, $52.8 million deal. He was due to make $12 million this season but by waiving him before Jan. 7, only $6 million will be paid out by the Magic.