Originally written on Turn On The Knicks  |  Last updated 11/14/14
The New York Knicks decision to trade for Andrea Bargnani hasn’t been a popular one amongst fans. There is valid criticism to be made of the trade and of the logic behind it. However, considering the Knicks general situation for the next two seasons, this isn’t the unmitigated disaster some people are making it out to be. Operating under the reality that the Knicks have a 2 year window with their current core, Bargnani brings more potential and upside than Marcus Camby and Steve Novak. When focusing just on the players involved, you shed bad contracts of two players who weren’t contributing to your rotation for a bad contract of a player who will hopefully contribute to your rotation as a 3rd or 4th scoring option. Bargnani has been bad the past couple of years but this is still a guy who averaged 21.4 points and 5.2 rebounds on 45% shooting over 66 games in 2010. There is offensive talent there and an ability to stretch the defense. You are working under the assumption that he wil...
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