Toronto Raptors Say Andrea Bargnani Wouldn’t Mind a Trade

by January 31, 2013
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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.”