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Andrea Bargnani back Wednesday… just in time to shop him

Feb 6, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

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Time to celebrate Toronto, Andrea Bargnani is back.

Okay, maybe not celebrate. But if the Raptors have any chance of trading him at the deadline — and there isn’t that much of a chance, people have seen him play — they need to get him on the court and remind teams of what Bargnani can do.

So it’s good news that Bargnani will be back Wednesday night for the Raptors as they take on the Celtics, the return confirmed in a tweet by Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.

Bargnani went down Dec. 10 with a torn ligament in his right elbow. The Raptors were 4-18 when he got injured and have gone 13-13 in his absence. Draw your own conclusions, although they are pretty obvious. While there were scheduling and other factors in there, the fact is Bargnani was scoring 16 points a night but needing 15.2 shots a game to get there — 39.8% percent shooting overall and 31.9% from three. His PER this season is 12.4. He was not good.

Casey is selling that Bargnani will space the floor creating slashing lanes for Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan. Sure it will.

The Raptors would love to move him at the trade deadline and are willing to take a rack of shootaround basketballs, some ankle tape and whatever else you have for him. But to move him they are going to have to play him.

If Bargnani is not moved by the deadline it will be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does with him. But we are not there.

  1. brotherlove2012 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    He did play well tonight though … Let’s see if he can keep this up for the next couple of games. He was actually playing defense, which is something we haven’t seen from him for a long time.

  2. badintent - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    You call his defense real defense ?If you do, I got swamp land in Brooklyn to sell ya as oceanfront property. No coincidence that the Raptors at or over .500 when he was out.I ‘ll take Jonas over Pastabutt Andreas any time for Defense.And rebounding and not taking contested 3s.

  3. borderline1988 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    This is why I dont understand the Rudy Gay trade. The Grizzlies were desperate to get rid of Gay’s massive contract…couldnt the Raptors have dumped Landry Fields or Bargnani along with Calderon for Gay?

    Memphis should have paid a price for getting rid of the 2nd most overpaid player in the NBA; instead, they got a draft pick, a productive up and coming cheap forward, and Tayshaun Prince.

    I can only hope Colangelo can dupe some team into taking Bargnani for a similar sort of deal that Memphis got.

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