Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  11 responses

Toronto Raptors Say Andrea Bargnani Wouldn’t Mind a Trade

The blockbuster acquisition of Rudy Gay likely isn’t the only move the Toronto Raptors will make prior to the trade deadline. GM Bryan Colangelo basically admitted that he’s looking to move Andrea Bargnani (who isn’t exactly opposed to a change of scenery.) Per the Toronto Sun: “Bargnani followed up the best season of his career — albeit an injury-plagued one — with a disastrous stretch this year, before getting hurt again. It has been obvious for some time that it is time for Bargnani to move on, for his sake and for the Raptors, and Colangelo indicated a move could happen soon, though it is not a certainty. ‘Andrea is a player that has definitely garnered interest. Unfortunately when he gets hurt that takes him off the market,’ Colangelo explained after breaking down the Gay trade to reporters. ‘That’s not to say we’re going to trade Andrea … He’s a unique talent, but sometimes a change of address is not bad. I’m not saying he’s asked for a trade, but he would certainly not fight or resist a situation if it was the right situation.’ Bargnani has two years left on his contract, but is a tremendous offensive weapon, when in top form, a player opposing coaches gameplan around. He has many faults, and this corner has addressed them many times, but someone will come calling for him. But likely only if he returns to the lineup soon, and well in advance of the February 21st deadline. ‘Right now there’s no assurances we trade Andrea. Right now, the goal and the focus is to get him back healthy on the court and let him contribute to this team and we’ll see where things go,’ Colangelo said.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m tryin real hard to come up with a fair trade where the team that trades for him gets reasonably better…nothing. so i take the safe route a don’t make a trade proposal, since that always leads to getting killed on the internet no matter what website it is.

  • EM

    Andrea certainly is a unique talent. A 7 footer that does absolutely nothing but shoot the long ball. Rebounds, assists, leadership, are not part of his game. Oh, and he is often in street clothes on the end of the bench.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Hope he gets back healthy soon… So he can increase his trade value. I can only hope Colangelo is serious about trading him. Dude has been in love with Bargnani since day 1.

  • AdamD

    Part of me always thought he would have been good in the role similar to that which Rashard Lewis played in Orlando the year they made the finals. Stick him beside a Good Defensive center and have him stretch the floor as a 3rd option. While he wasn’t a good #1 pick in hindsight, he’s clearly got a bit of talent and could probably do a solid job in a good situation.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    trading Andrea Bargnani is like trying to trade some brusslesprouts for a snack pack at lunch in elementary school.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Bad contract. Bad attitude. Questionable heart. Injury-prone. No leadership. Horrible defender. Even worse rebounder. MAJESTIC GALLOPING UNICORN!

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    im sure the whole squad wouldnt mind seeing you leave too

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i still cant believe the raptors gave fields that contract… FOOLS!

  • Lloyd

    Bargs on the Spurs would be a sight to behold. No one gets potential out of guys like Pop and his staff. He’d be a beast.