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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  16 responses

Andrea Bargnani Looking for a Way Out of Toronto?


Andrea Bargnani tells an Italian media outlet that he’d like to play somewhere warmer, and that he isn’t a big fan of the Raptors’ GM (who just inked a long-term deal. Whoops!) From the Toronto Star: “Asked in a feature interview where he’d like to play if he could rub a magic lamp and transport himself to another NBA city, Bargnani told Italy’s Sky Sports: ‘I want to stay in Toronto, at least this is the politically correct answer. If (I am) to go somewhere else, I’d like a warm climate city and a team where I can actually play in my role.’ Bargnani spoke those sentiments in Italian; the translation was provided by a trusted source, fluent in both Italian and English, and confirmed as accurate by the journalist who conducted the interview, Alessandro Mamoli. In the wake of a season in which the Raptors quietly opened the door to the possibility of trading Bargnani, perhaps Bargnani can be forgiven for musing about the idea of leaving town. Still, blue-skying sunnier climes, no matter the intention, isn’t exactly a recipe for Hogtown popularity. And exactly where the shot-happy Roman would find a more desirable role than he currently enjoys — the Raptors, don’t forget, allowed him to jack up 17.8 field-goal attempts a game this past season, second-most among NBA players who haven’t made an all-star team — is anyone’s guess. While Mamoli said he doesn’ believe Bargnani’s comments should be interpreted as a hint that he wants out of Toronto — and while NBA sources say no trade request has been made — those words weren’t Bargnani’s only eyebrow-raising utterance of the past week. Asked on the Sky Sports broadcast about Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo’s post-season assessment of his work, Bargnani replied: ‘(Colangelo) had some unfortunate and not very courageous comments about me … The facts are there for everybody to see and judge.’ There’ve been other recent reports in the Italian press in which Bargnani has called Colangelo’s words ‘uncourageous’ — if the 25-year-old was any kind of broadcast analyst, he might have leaned toward ‘dead-on’ or ‘about time.’”

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  • Pippen Ain’t Easy

    Give this guy to the Suns and Nash will make him a borderline all-star.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    In Canada, Toronto looking for way out of you(r contract).

  • Charles

    Send him to the Cavs. He gotta go, maybe Raptors can get some pasta for his softy.

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    Where is the rest of the article?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Yes please, trade him out of here. Bargnani GTFO!

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    Shut up & get some rebounds.

  • matt

    Bargnani+Kleiza+5th pick for Rudy Gay. OR Bargnani+J.Johnson for R.Gay. OR Bargnani + Barbosa for Granger+Posey. OR Bargnani for P.George+Posey.OR Bargnani+J.Johnson for P.George+Posey+2nd rounder

  • Morgan

    Doesn’t everyone wish they were in a warmer climate and be able to work the way they want?! Must be a quiet week if SLAM is this desperate to run a non-story.

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    SNED THE WHITES OUTTA TDOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @Matt
    Why would Memphis want a SOFT player when all they are known for is abusing the paint and playing hard…
    He would probably get murdered by Tony Allen in the lockerroom if he doesn’t get any rebounds..

  • Wright_11

    I realize Toronto has a reputation for running talented players out of town, and obviously the organization is not well-run.

    But Bargnani has nothing to complain about. He’s been given ample opportunity to show he’s capable of carrying a team, and hasn’t shown himself to be that guy. Dude gets all the shots he could legitimately ask for, and doesn’t reciprocate on the defensive end.

    Man’s game, Bags. Grow the hell up.

  • Hanoon

    bargnani for MILICIC, lol

    at least darko is not a p*$$y

  • MUBWAR

    Bargnani or Banana as I call him shouldn’t be a starter. When a 7f1 center averaged less rebounds(5.2) than a guard like Wade, he should be coming off the bench.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    As a Raptors fan, ive been waiting for him to say this for 5 years…. GOOD RIDENCE

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Seriously, if the Raptors DID get Milicic for Bargnani that’d be a steal…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Magic lamps people…. the reporter who asked this question reps the illuminati.

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