"We've had conversations with Toronto, but nothing transpired."
And then Robbins asked about Chris Paul. Maybe the conversation shifted so quickly because we were so confused about that Turkoglu statement. The Magic have had trade discussions involving Hedo Turkgolu? Otis Smith gave a direct answer to a question? Is this real life?
(Smith, incidentally, joked with Robbins for playing "word games" in his question, and responded by saying, "[If] I don't have the conversation, it probably ain't gonna happen!" with a hearty chuckle)
"As long as we're getting wild here," another reporter asked, "what... you've had conversations with Toronto about Turk?"
"I've had conversations with them."
"About Turk? Or about the other guy? [Chris] Bosh?"
Smith met this question with a blank stare. The only sounds in the room for the next 10 seconds were some awkward laughs from the media. Another reporter spoke up:
"You want Turk at that money? I mean, that was obviously a..."
"I said I've had conversations, alright?"
More silence, before I asked Smith if he expected Robinson to join the Magic's summer-league team. "Yes, I do," was his response. But that last line wasn't the last we heard about Turkoglu. I'll explain more after the jump, and then touch on some of the other topics Smith addressed, including the Magic's system and need for backup point guards.
Minutes later, one writer asked Smith to clarify his earlier comments about speaking with the Raptors.
"We've had conversations."
Did those talks center around Turkoglu or Bosh?
Several minutes later, the reporter spoke up again: "Who did Toronto like off your roster? When you..."
"I'm not sure. I had a conversation regarding Turk. And that was... obviously, the conversation never got anywhere. But it was had."
Another writer asked Smith to specify when that conversation happened.
"The last time I had it? Or the first time I had it? Which one do you want?"
"How about both?"
"A long time ago and a couple hours ago."
"Is that them calling you or is that Turk calling you?
"I had a conversation.