NBA Andrea Bargnani remains on the market. But Toronto could keep it
Milan, February 18, 2013
For the Magician came forward Chicago, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Golden State and Cleveland. But the Raptors, unconvinced by the offers, are considering whether to wait for the summer
Three days to decide the future of Andrea Bargnani. The NBA market closes Thursday at 21 Italian and the Magician is always among the main suspects to change teams. At the door of the Raptors so far would have knocked in five: Chicago, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Cleveland and Golden State. But Toronto is not convinced and would be thinking of postponing the summer goodbye to what the president Bryan Colangelo called "the greatest riddle of Toronto", under contract to 22.2 million the next two seasons and in the midst of the worst season career. Here's the situation.
Chicago - The offer of the Bulls has long been known: the Magician and John Lucas III for Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson. The Magician Marco Belinelli find himself in Chicago (a few days ago advised him to change air), would play alongside strong defensively as a center Joakim Noah with a play like Derrick Rose (when he returns) and with a coach like Tom Thibodeau that would put him under pressure to improve defensively and ask him to give the Bulls a prank by three more. Chicago the deal can be done at any time, but the deal is in stand-by: Toronto but is not convinced to take Boozer, under contract to 32.1 million the next two seasons, as already will have to give 37.2 million until 2015 to Rudy Gay, just purchased from Memphis.
Philadelphia - The Sixers season is not going as planned, as Andrew Bynum, great buy summer, has not yet taken the field for injury. Philadelphia travels with 22 wins and 29 lost in season and needs a long time. It would be on the trail of Josh Smith of Atlanta, the most valuable piece on the market in January, but he also talked with the Raptors Bargnani. The package that the Sixers would ship in Toronto would be focused on Spencer Hawes, 24-year old center from 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds he still has a contract year, to 6.5 million. With another player (Royal Ivey?) And a pick in the draft the offer to the Raptors would not mind. But Philadelphia will move only after having ascertained that it can not get to Smith.
charlotte - The Bobcats have a necessity to get rid of as soon as Ben Gordon, who could become a free agent in June whether to decline the 13.2 million that is on the payroll in 2013-14, became a burden for the team after the collision with coach Mike Dunlap last week. Michael Jordan and his executives would speak with Brooklyn of an exchange with Kris Humphries and even with Bargnani Toronto, convinced that the Wizard can give a little 'of experience to a young team. But the Raptors Gordon (12.6 points per game in 47 games this year) would serve little, because on the outside there are already DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Landry Fields and Terrence Ross.
cleveland and golden state - Cavs and Warriors would be added in the last hour race Bargnani. Golden State could bring to the table Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson (both have the opportunity to become a free agent after this season), plus a future first round selection in the draft. Bargnani would reserve the Warriors in a frontcourt that has David Lee and Andrew Bogut holders irremovable. But it would be a playoff team. Cleveland instead should give the Raptors the expiring contracts of Luke Walton and Daniel Gibson, but also would be willing to sacrifice Marresse Speights, more useful in Toronto. With the Cavs, orphans for the rest of the season for Anderson Varejao, Bargnani would the holder with Tristan Thompson, second year on the rise.
toronto - The Raptors, however, may decide to wait for the summer to give Bargnani. Because the leadership Canadian dreamed of sacrificing the Wizard to arrive at Pau Gasol, but injured for 6-8 weeks. The Lakers would find in the blue wing of the strong suits of the game D'Antoni, Toronto Gasol in a star turn in the symbol of the franchise along with Rudy Gay. But waiting is risky because Bargnani is disputed by the fans, he played 29 'in the last two games (thanks influenza) and will have to retrain as a sixth man. Keep it could still reduce the value of a former first overall pick the limits of which are known to all. Toronto still has some time to decide.