Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks: Good Move?

(Originally posted at http://sports.yahoo.com/news/andrea-bargnani-welcome-addition-york-knicks-193300357.html)

COMMENTARY | The rumors of yesterday became the reality of today for Knicks' fans, as New York acquired Toronto's Andrea Bargnani for a combination of bad contracts and dispensable draft picks. The Knicks unloaded Steve Novak and Marcus Camby, who will make a combined $15 million over the next two seasons, along with Quentin Richardson via sign-and-trade, a 2016 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2014 and 2017.

Bargnani will make $11 million this season and $12 million next season before hitting free agency, where he will likely have to take a massive pay cut. That money may seem exorbitant for somebody who will be nothing more than a role player (and it is) but considering the salary they shed from players that barely saw the court when it mattered the most in the playoffs, this deal is a win for the Knicks.

Just because I like the trade, however, does not mean I like the player. I have long disdained Bargnani's soft demeanor and injury-prone nature, having used many choice words too harsh for this column to describe the former top overall pick. To make a long story short, I've never been a fan.

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