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Report: Knicks and Raptors have agreed on a trade to send Andrea Bargnani to New York

Jun 30, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah Reuters

Things move fast on the free agency rumor wire.

It was just this morning when the Clippers were said to be involved in trade talks with the Raptors to deal for Andrea Bargnani, but as it turned out, the Knicks are the team that has acquired his services.

From Howard Beck of the New York Times:

[T]he Knicks are closing in on a deal to acquire Andrea Bargnani, the Toronto Raptors’ jump-shooting 7-footer, according to a person involved in the talks.

The Knicks are offering a package built around Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and two future draft picks, one in the first round and one in the second. Several teams have pursued Bargnani, but the Knicks have emerged as the “strong favorites” to land him, and a handshake deal could come soon, the person said.

The Times updated the initial report to say that the trade has been agreed upon by the two teams, and is awaiting approval from the league office.

The future first round pick is the painful part of this deal for the Knicks, even though Bargnani — with his remaining salary and recent injury history — is an underwhelming free agent choice in and of itself.

While the teams may have changed since this morning, the facts on Bargnani have not. He is owed close to $23 million over the next two years, and has only managed to appear in a total of 66 games over the last two seasons due to injury.

It’s worth noting that the reigning Executive of the Year in Masai Ujiri just took over the operations in Toronto, and the fact that he may be able to squeeze draft picks out of anyone for an albatross like Bargnani should be commended — but it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Knicks will be drafting every other year until Melo retires.

  2. canadatude - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Looks like the NBA head office is trying to save the Knicks and scre- the Raps by not allowing this deal now. Raps got scrw-Ed in their early drafts when expansion franchises were not allowed to draft first. Without the deal going through, Ujiri can’t deal with free agents yet. Homer refs, EH?

  3. canadatude - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    NBA head office claims salary problem with trade, but I doubt that. Ujiri just hired guy who used to be the NBA office guru on salary cap issues. Think he can’t do due diligence? Think again.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Actually, unless there is an unreported part of the trade or it was submitted in time to count with 2012-13 salaries, it does not work. Knicks would be over the apron after this deal unless the cap number skyrockets, meaning they’re restricted to taking back 125% + $100,000 of what they send out. For the Camby/Novak combo, that means $10,267,218. Bargnani makes $10,750,000 this upcoming season.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        Nevermind, ShamSports’ numbers still have Kidd and JR Smith on the Knicks’ books. In that case, the cap only needs to go up a little bit for the trade to be kosher, but there won’t be any word until the official numbers come out July 10.

  4. badintent - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    As soon as he got hurt and Rudy joined the Raps they started playing decent ball. took the Heat to triple OT.Andrea is the fleas on a dog’s ass. No D, always hurt afraid to bang in the paint. No Heart. Send him to China , North Pole , everywhere but NY.

    • onlyavoice - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Just 1 Of The Games The Heat Didn’t Feel Like Playing.
      Knicks & Knicks Fans Has A Parade For Beating The Heat.
      The Heat Had A CHAMPIONSHIP Parade.

      • badintent - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        Thanks to George taking the last 2 games off in the Pacer series. and Allen pulling two horseshoes out of his ass in game 6. No 3 , no parade. . If you had played the Knicks, Chandler would have ate Poshy Boshy for breakfast, lunch and dinner like Hibbett and Duncan did. Knicks win in 6.Go have a grand Slam with Shane at Denny. Pickup the check big spender.

  5. cluelessdufus - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Bargnani at the right price is a good stretch forward and opens up the floor, but what I’m wondering is are they going to play him and Chandler together more than him and Stoudamire, considering they want to open it up for Carmelo and try to give him the best shot and Bargnani and Stoudamire both can knock it down from outside.

  6. readysethike - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    talk about no defense being played

  7. onlyavoice - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    The Knicks Aren’t Going Anywhere As Long As They Have
    Ask Jason Kidd.

  8. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    The NY Knicks, who had the second best record in the east last year, just jettisoned two second stringers – 40 year old Marcus Camby and Steve Novak. If they play worse in the upcoming season, than they did in the previous season, it will have nothing to do with either of those two guys.

    Those who disagree should simply consider the answer to these two questions: How many games were won because “Marcus Camby” was in uniform? Same question for Steve Novak.

    If the issue is a 2016 draft pick, and someone thinks “that pick” is going to be the difference for the next decade, who exactly is this up and coming phenom?

    • borderline1988 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      I agree with you regarding Novak and Camby. Those guys are just filler at this point…you could probably find players in the D-League who can replace them.

      But Bargnani has a bad contract and has done nothing for the Raptors for 2 years. Even in the best case scenario (i.e. he’s healthy and playing decently), all he does is shoot and play no defense, which is exactly what Novak did. It should be the Raptors who give up picks to move that contract…the fact that the Raptors squeezed those 2 draft picks out of the Knicks is great for the them.

      It’s true that the odds are against those picks ever amounting to NBA starters. But the Raptors already feel content for moving that salary. And if even on of them turns into a servicable NBA player, the Raptors will have done a good job. At the very least, they can be valuable as trade bait.

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