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Clippers and Raptors also discussing trade involving Andrea Bargnani

Jun 30, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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

UPDATE 6:51 p.m.: The Knicks and the Raptors have agreed on a trade that will send Andrea Bargnani to New York.

11:30 a.m. The Raptors became the latest team to engage the Clippers in trade talks for the young and dynamic Eric Bledsoe, but L.A. might not be interested in dealing him for what Toronto has to offer.

And with Doc Rivers now in the fold running basketball operations, he might want some time to evaluate Bledsoe further before trading him at all.

The talks between the two teams may not be completely fruitless, as the Clippers reportedly have some interest in Andrea Bargnani — just not at the asking price of Bledsoe.

From Marc Stein of

So one possible outcome to the Clippers-Raptors talks, sources said, is a smaller trade headlined by Bargnani going to L.A. in exchange for Caron Butler, enabling the Clippers to save Bledsoe for a bigger trade — or, perhaps, keeping him if Rivers holds firm.

The Clippers would be the first team actually interested in taking Bargnani off of Toronto’s hands, who has two years and $23 million left on his contract. But Bargnani has some value as a big man who can step out and shoot it, as long as he can stay on the floor — he’s been limited to just 66 total games over the last two seasons due to injury.

The Raptors would likely jump at the chance to rid themselves of Bargnani’s contract, even if Bledsoe is taken off the table. The team has been haunted by taking him with the number one overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, and dealing him would help new GM Masai Ujiri give the franchise a much-needed fresh start.

  1. saint1997 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Who would be small forward?

    • JMClarkent - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      My guess is that it would be address sth the Bledsoe trade; otherwise they would probably re-sign Matty Barnes (who is probably better suited for bench duty). I wouldn’t be shocked to see Laundry Fields tossed in somehow.

  2. senorpapino - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    This deal only makes sense if Toronto wants to shed salary for next year. Otherwise, it really doesn’t make either team better.

  3. eboneseagles - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I don’t get it if it’s just a Bargnani for Butler swap. Doesn’t make sense for either team.

  4. brotherlove2012 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Just getting rid of Bargnani would garantee GM of the year to Ujiri. I cannot understand a team wanting him, if I were the Clippers I wouldn’t tocuch him with a ten foot pole. He is THAT bad … Bargnani is over and done with … Ther’s nothing left in the tank, it’s not like the tank was full anyway.

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