NBA Rumors: Is Andrea Bargnani a Worthy Trade Target?

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 27, 2012

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Center on November 7, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Andrea Bargnani's lack of defense this season isn't surprising, but when he starts shooting poorly, you have a problem on your hands.

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reported last week that the Toronto Raptors weren't looking at trading the big man yet, but did note that they believed there would be interest in him if it got to that point.

The question is, where does Bargnani's value lie?

Bargnani can't play defense and he doesn't rebound well for his size, but if he can get back to shooting the way he did in the 2010-2011 season then there is room for him to play a significant role on a team that fits his style.

The 7'0", 256-pounder is shooting 39 percent this season (including 34 percent from downtown) after shooting at a 43 percent clip last season (30 percent from long range). Given he shot 45 percent two seasons ago while knocking down 35 percent of his threes, there has indeed been a troubling drop in his shooting percentage.

The good news for a team hoping to acquire him is that the drop in field-goal percentage may not make him that pricey in an exchange.

Plus, there's always the chance he rediscovers his shooting stroke later this season. After all, he did play in only 31 games last season due to injury.

If you are looking for a rugged defender and rebounder to add to your squad, Bargnani is not your guy. But if you need a stretch-four who has the ability to knock down open bombs after you draw in the defense, the 27-year-old from Italy provides value, perhaps even as a difference-maker off the bench.

The Raptors have been waiting for years for the former No. 1 overall pick to live up to the hype, but maybe Bargnani needs a change of scenery at this point.

He would be worth a gamble provided you don't have to give up too much.

 

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