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Report: Raptors will try to trade Andrea Bargnani before July 1

Jun 1, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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

Now that the Raptors have locked up the services of a superstar general manager on the rise, the next order of business for Masai Ujiri is to correct the mistakes that have been made under the previous regime.

The biggest of those involves Andrea Bargnani, the former number one overall pick who still has two more years and more than $22 million remaining on his contract.

It’s no surprise, then, that trying to rid the team of that burdensome commitment is at the very top of Ujiri’s to-do list.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

It would be difficult to see a willing trade partner lining up to take on what has become a terrible contract for two more seasons, and that’s putting it mildly.

Bargnani has been limited by an elbow injury in each of the last two seasons, and he was forced to miss the Raptors’ final 19 games of the one that just concluded. He doesn’t defend well, he’s never been anywhere close to consistent as a rebounder despite his seven-foot frame, and his shooting numbers would be seen by most as barely being average.

Stranger things have happened, and remember, Ujiri did get quite a bit of assets in return for Carmelo Anthony, even when he was dealing from a position of considerable weakness. But even if no one wants Bargnani and his contract at any price, the good news is that the Raptors may still waive him under the league’s amnesty provision, thus giving Ujiri and the fan base in Toronto their highly coveted fresh start.

  1. thekingdave - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Report: Toronto’s been unsuccessfully trying to move him for at least two seasons

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Not nearly hard enough… This GM has no ties to him and knows that this player will not be a part the teams and therefore his (the new GM) success going forward so he will do something about it as something is better than doing nothing…

      • moseskkim - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        I always thought bargs was untradeable but man Charlotte.. U go get him. U have cap space and tradeable pieces. Whenever u start josh mcbob at pf, u got big problems. Start bargs with biyombo who can’t score but can defend the paint and draft a good wing player and u got something brewing.

      • tcrudisi - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        As a Charlotte fan, no thanks. We’re on the rise and I don’t want to see us blow it by picking up this bum. Unless Toronto would consider throwing in a couple of first round draft picks. Even then, I’m not so sure.

      • money2long - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        i actually think bargs is a fit in, now, charlotte..however, i’d rather see him on a contending team’s bench as a wildcard big man. he could really wreak some havoc stretching the floor against the defense, and even play some 3 off the bench as well. he could be a huge part of a team in that sense.

  2. reasonablemindsays - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Wow, way to jump on the Bargnani hate wagon. I’m not going to call him a great player or anything, but his production has been above average (counting both offensive and defensive production) for a power forward/center. Last year was obviously a bad year for him due to injuries, but he’s still a solid starter in the NBA.

    • money2long - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      yeah, i think he can still start. but he might be more productive in a capacity as a spark option off the bench, getting 28-30 minutes a night.

      his lack of rebounding really hurts in a starter’s role when his shot isn’t falling. what else can you say he provides for you when he isn’t scoring? but hey, on a team that lacks weapons, he can still be a solid starter.

  3. brotherlove2012 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Hopefully we’ll find a GM with an opinion similar to yours … ;-)

  4. bhester1906 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I he does get cut, you better believe he will be starting center for Miami next season.

  5. qpoiu1 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    good luck trying

  6. JMClarkent - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see Billy King flip Humphries for Bargs.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Agreed.
      If it was any other GM though, I could see them asking for Torontos first rounder. But with the case of Billy King, he may offer Brooklyns 1st rounder to go with Humphries for Bargiani.

  7. halfbaht - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Brooklyn might be keen, they seem to like to pay players above worth, just look at Humpries

  8. saint1997 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    If they could trade him for a 2014 first round pick in the late lottery that would be a nice deal

  9. inhokewetrust - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    He’s almost as useless as having a 4-1 lead with 11 minutes to go in game 7 in playoffs

  10. sportsnut101 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Knicks would take him in a minute to get rid of amare that’s best move I see

    Not that this guy sucks. Maybe he just needs a change. Which some people do

    Remember all the gm’s who said he’s the next dirk lol I hope they are fired now. Idiots

  11. money2long - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    i really think teams should be allowed to amnesty TWICE during the duration of this collective bargaining agreement.

    • mazblast - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Why? Has your team already used its amnesty and still has a terrible contract on the books?

      • money2long - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:16 AM

        because humans don’t only make one mistake.

  12. thekingdave - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    @moseskkim

    If “sort of sucking” as opposed to “totally sucking” satisfies your definition of something brewing, Charlotte should totally pull the trigger.

    • tcrudisi - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:49 AM

      No thanks. I actually like McRoberts better. Barg doesn’t rebound and plays mediocre to bad defense, two things the Bobcats need. McBob brings a wonderful veteran presence and helps to distribute the ball. It’s no coincidence that Charlotte started doing much better when we got him. Besides, I see Charlotte going after T-Rob and drafting a PF/C. Zeller would be a much better fit in Charlotte than Barg. Zeller brings height, lots of athleticism, great offense, and mediocre defense. Basically, a better version of Barg except much cheaper. The cap flexibility will allow us to pursue better free agents and keep our solid young core.

      Charlotte has finally almost purged all its bad contracts. By this time next year, they’ll be rid of all the dead weight that’s been holding them back for years. I don’t want to see us pick up Barg and find that we have another bad contract on our hands next year.

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