With the NBA free agency period tipping off the New York Knicks jumped the gun in making a move by agreeing in principle to acquire Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors. The deal cannot become official until July 10th but once it does go through, the Knicks are making a risky move because of what they are giving up.
Knicks Acquire: PF Andrea Bargnani
Raptors Acquire: C Marcus Camby, SF Steve Novak, 2016 first round pick, 2014 second round pick (via OKC), 2017 2nd round pick
Why this makes sense for New York:
With all of Amare Stoudemire’s recent injury history, the Knicks were needing another option at power forward and don’t have any cap flexibility to fill that need in free agency. Andrea Bargnani has battled his own injuries though having only played in 66 games the past two seasons, plus he has two years left on his contract worth about $23 million. That is a lot to pay for someone who can’t stay healthy and will likely be splitting time at power forward, especially when ...