Bargnani Headed to New York?

With Bargnani headed to New York, the Raptors mascot will no longer be able to beat any Raptors at one-on-on.

With Bargnani headed to New York, the Raptors mascot will no longer be able to beat any Raptors at one-on-on.

In a move that could only be made by a team that would name itself after a dinosaur, the Raptors, it what seems to be an attempt to clear out the mistakes of its former GM are in talks to make a deal with the Knicks.  Talks are in place that would send former number-one pick Andrea Bargnani (selected over the likes of Rudy Gay, Brandon Roy and LaMArcus Aldridge) to the Knicks in exchange for a package that will likely include Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and a first-round pick in 2016. This marks the second time in less than a year that the Raptors have traded for players the passed up on in picking Bargnani.

Andrea Bargnani, making the 'fisting' sign as his lack of defense has helped the Raptors get fisted even worse than they did prior to obtaining the number-one pick.

Andrea Bargnani, making the ‘fisting’ sign as his lack of defense has helped the Raptors get fisted even worse than they did prior to obtaining the number-one pick.

The deal seems to make little sense for either team outside of getting rid of unwanted contracts.  Camby, the oldest player in the league, is under contract for two more years (which would take him to 40 years of age) at almost 5 million per season.  Sharp-shooting forward Novak is under contract for as long for close to 4 million per season.  The Raptors, who were thought to be looking to move Bargnani to clear up cap space, are actually taking back more money as the team had an early termination option for Bargnani’s second season.  Novak and Camby are both great role players for contending teams, but neither is going to put the Raptors into the playoff hunt, much less contention. 

Unaccustomed to players who can actually hit open shots, the Knicks felt that in order to maintain continuity with team history, that it was best to move the best three-point shooter in the league to obtain a player who clearly should stop shooting three-pointers.

Unaccustomed to players who can actually hit open shots, the Knicks felt that in order to maintain continuity with team history, that it was best to move the best three-point shooter in the league to obtain a player who clearly should stop shooting three-pointers.

As for the Knicks, they are taking on a center/forward who is far too eager to jack up three-pointers and seems allergic to rebounding.  On the glass, Bargnani make Brook Lopez look like Dennis Rodman.  As for his scoring?  The Knicks are actually giving up a far better scorer in Novak, whose percentages across the board are all better than Bargnani.  Sure, Bargnani can ‘create his own shot’ whereas Novak usually has to have plays run for him, but being able to create your own shot only helps when you can actually hit the shots you are creating.  On top of that, the Knicks are also giving up a first-round pick (though it will admittedly in all likelihood not be a lottery pick).  So why bring Bargnani in?  I frankly do not know.  Novak and Camby give the Knicks more depth and versatility than does Bargnani.   

The trade makes little sense for either team.  Toronto takes on more money, NY lets go of more talent and neither team is actually made better out of the deal.  It seems like New York’s front office was just desperate to make a move after the Nets brought in two Hall of Fame players and that the Raptors were just happy to finally get an offer on a guy they’ve had on the trading block for over a year now. 

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