Just kidding it’s Andrea Bargnani.
League sources abound are reporting that the Knicks and Raptors are finalizing a deal that would send the much-maligned Bargnani to New York in exchange for Stave Novak, Marcus Camby, a future first round pick (2016, over which Denver maintains swap rights), two future second rounders, and a pencil sharpener.
The pencil sharpener works just fine.
This totally came out of nowhere. He we were still kvetching pathetic about drafting a slumping college shooter ahead of oodles of upside, and then, this:
So… Twitter went berserk, and for a lot of right reasons: Bargnani has never lived up to billing (#1 pick in 2005), is a worse defender than Amar’e Stoudemire, and only a marginally better rebounder than Steve Novak.
On the flip side, he’s 27, and once boasted a TS% of 56% and a 3P% of 41%. Both of those happened five years ago.
On top of battling through a slew of injuries over the past couple of seasons, Bargnani has been the target of considerable resentment from Toronto’s fanbase, who have long criticized the Italian forward’s propensity for disappearing — to say nothing of his weirdly atrophying basketball skills.
So nothing has been finalized as of this moment, but the degree to which everyone is flipping the fuck out leads me to believe this will likely get done before our Monday commutes.
Let’s try not to make it head-on into a guard rail, alright?
More ruminations forthcoming.