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Report: Raptors must include another asset to trade Bargnani

Apr 23, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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

In a lot of cities, the drafting of, then giving a large contract extension to, Andrea Bargnani would get a GM fired.

In Toronto it appears Bryan Colangelo remains safe in his job. Of course, part of that job now is trying to trade Bargnani — a three-point shooting big man who can do little else well. The problem is Bargnani is owned $22.2 million over two more seasons, so teams aren’t really interested in a trade.

The Raptors are going to have to sweeten the deal, reports Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun (in a post shredding Colangelo).

By convincing himself that Bargnani would one day repay his faith in him, Colangelo failed the franchise he has been paid handsomely to direct. Instead of dealing him when he had solid value, Colangelo hung on to the Roman and now, according to league sources, an asset would likely have to be included just to dump the $22.5 million US remaining on his contract.

What assets would the Raptors surrender other teams want? They are not trading Jonas Valanciunas. After that there Landry Fields is overpaid at two years, $12.5 million left, and I’m not sure how many teams want DeMar DeRozan at four years, $38 million left on his deal. Terrence Ross is nice but a throw in at this point. Maybe Amir Johnson, but again how much can you get for that.

The bottom line for Toronto is this: I see a collection of players without a plan. What kind of team do they want to be? Until they answer that even trading Bargnani away is simply moving deck chairs around.

  1. Distinguished Male - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I like how the only other assets he has to throw in aren’t exactly enticing either, because he overpaid them as well. How does this guy still have a job? Seriously.

  2. bucrightoff - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    “a three-point shooting big man who can do little else well.”

    I don’t know, he does pretty well at getting hurt all the time.

  3. asimonetti88 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I think Terrence Ross is better than a throw in. He needs more minutes to develop properly.

  4. bifford - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    2014 first round pick without protection could probably get a lot of teams interested.

  5. jimsjam33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    No thanks ! Andrea who ?

  6. brotherlove2012 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    They’re stuck with him, unless they find another organization that is equally bad as they are. Considering the way it’s working right now with the new CBA and the salary cap, it has to be the worst or one of the worst contract in the league right now.

  7. bryco9 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    AK47 ($10.2 mil) expiring, Derrick Williams ($5.2 mil), and Brandon Roy ($5.4 mil) expiring for Bargnani ($11 mil), DeRozan ($9.5 mil) and 2014 1st unprotected. Sounds like an even trade on both sides, Toronto gets rid of bad contracts and gets expiring money and a good young athletic PF. Wolves get the 2 guard they’ve been missing.

    • psychojatt - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      raps traded 2013 first round pick to okc, teams cant trade it 2 years in a row!!!!!

    • borderline1988 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Toronto just signed Derozan to an extension, and he had a good year last year. Why would they trade him now? It would make Colangelo look ridiculous and totally ‘direction-less’.

      Also, Toronto would simultaneously be giving up its present ability to compete (in Derozan) and future ability to compete (the 1rst round pick). All that just so they can offload Bargnani? Plus, Derrick Williams plays the same position as Rudy Gay anyways…
      That sounds like too good of a deal for Minnesota…they get a first rounder, a 20ppg 2 guard, and an overpaid big shooter, without giving up anything of real value (sorry Derrick Williams). Bargnani is a bad fit for the Raptors, but he isn’t that bad a player. He can still give you 15ppg and can stretch the floor.

      Realistically, the Raptors should just give up Bargnani and Fields/Amir, and take on another bad contract at a position that they could use it.
      Trading him for Boozer means trading one bad contract for another, but at least it gives Toronto a rebounder and scorer in the paint which they desperately need. Bargnani isn’t doing anyhting for them right now.

  8. badintent - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Trade Andrea to the Italian league, Kobe owns a team there . Andrea can cook pasta for the team, do the laudry, clean tables and change light bulbs.
    Canada had the two worst NBA GMs. Stu Jackson(Jackass) and Colangelo. Must be a hockey thing

  9. halfbaht - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    Bargnani ain’t nothing but a scrub

  10. bryco9 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I admit the trade does lean a bit in Minnesotans favor, but Williams and Gay do not play the same position, Gay is a small forward / shoot guard. Williams is a power forward that can step out and shoot 3’s or pound in the post and rebound. Maybe the wolves could throw in they’re 2nd 1st rd pick in this yrs draft.

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