Rudy Gay was just the beginning.
Though dealing for a star forward would seem to be enough for an oft-neglected team such as the Toronto Raptors, general manager Bryan Colangelo and company aren't done. More moves are still to come.
Who's got next?
Colangelo told NBA TV he's shopping Andrea Bargnani. Has talked with agent about moving him, but won't just trade him to trade him.— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) January 31, 2013
Consider this Colangelo's attempt to undo one of his many mistakes (see Landry Fields, Linas Kleiza, etc.).
Few believed that Bargnani was worth the five-year, $50 million contract extension Toronto handed him in 2009. More than two years into the extension, one would be hard-pressed to argue otherwise.
Not only has Bargnani proved to be a wildly inefficient scorer, but his rebounding and defense, and pretty much everything else, also leave much to be desired. That he has appeared in just 52 games between last year and this one (so far) isn't helping either.
As such, with the Raptors staring down the barrel of massive salary commitments after landing Gay, they will set out to find a suitor before the NBA's trade deadline. Which teams might be willing to assume the three years and $30 million left on Bargs' deal? Better yet, which of those are somewhat palpable fits and factions that he can help?
In an age where the new CBA breeds financial trepidation, dealing Bargnani isn't going to be easy, but it is still possible.
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