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Andrea Bargnani done for season in Toronto with elbow sprain

Mar 13, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto Reuters

And this news will be greeted by a shrug from Raptors fans.

After missing much of the season with an elbow injury he returned recently and played an uninspired 14 games. On the season Bargnani is averaging 12.7 points a game and is shooting 31 percent from three.

Last Friday against the Lakers he tweaked the same elbow and has been out since getting tests. The Raptors announced on Wednesday that the tests showed Andrea Bargnani needs to be shut down for the rest of the season.

Plenty of Raptors fans hope that they have seen the last of Bargnani in a Toronto uniform. But they probably haven’t, unless the team decides to amnesty him this summer. The Raptors shopped Bargnani hard at the trade deadline, but there were no takers. Mostly because he has two years, $22 million left on his contract after this season. No team is likely to trade for a guy with a massive contract who has been out injured and seen his production fall off a cliff. Teams will want to see him play before even thinking trade.

The bigger concern of late in Toronto is that Rudy Gay’s back flared up and he missed the game Sunday against Cleveland and will be a game-time decision Wednesday in Boston. So no Bargnani, no Gay. Basically, Terrence Ross fans should tune into the game as their guy could get a lot of run.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I think both parties would benefit from Bargnani being traded this offseason. He doesn’t really seem to have a place on the Raptors anymore. I still think he can be a contributor but he needs a change of scenery. Like you said though, it will be difficult considering the large amount of money left on his contract.

  2. fm31970 - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I guess people can finally stop using the “Toronto’s an international city” rationale as to why they draft so many European players and why they’ll be “more successful in Toronto than other NBA cities, huh? No knock against the city at all, but the only bright spots this team had were a very young Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter in his prime, and that was what, eight years ago.

    This Bargnani contracts makes Isaiah Thomas’ Knicks GM moves look brilliant.

    • Distinguished Male - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      You forget Chris Bosh. Dude was pretty solid.

      And you also forget that Bargnani was one of the more hyped up prospects in a while. Dude had range, could drain threes, could board (he’s 7 foot, yo!) and yada yada. Obviously, we can all see that the mental toughness is lacking and he’s regressed in areas and hasn’t lived up to his potential in others, but the contract he signed wasn’t TOO ridiculous at the time.

      I seriously think a change of scenery would benefit him. Toronto hates him, and he seems resigned to play the part of the villian. If he goes to somewhere where he’s the 3rd option or so, and is surrounded by hustle type players or a locker room that won’t LET you rest on your laurels, I could see a resurgence. Dude can ball, it’s just a matter of if he wants to or not.

  3. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Bargnani shouldn’t be in the NBA. He doesn’t rebound, is a joke on defense, doesn’t get to the rim, doesn’t shoot mid-range shots well and can’t hit a 3. He’s shooting 40% from the field. League average is 45%. You could bring a below average player in at league minimum salary and get more production. So tell me again why he’s making $10 million or why a change of scenery would help this garbage player?

  4. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    I’d accuse the Raptors of tanking except they’ll likely go on a winning streak after benching Bargnani. And actually they seem to tank every season all season long with the ridiculous moves they make.

  5. badintent - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    just subsitute Toronto for Cleveland in the motto ,”………..,The mistake by the lake”

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