Top Trade Destinations Now That Toronto Raptors Shopping Andrea Bargnani

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Top Trade Destinations Now That Toronto Raptors Shopping Andrea Bargnani
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New Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has some housecleaning to do, and he's going to start by trying to rid his roster of disappointing forward Andrea Bargnani.

Marc Stein of ESPN reports that Ujiri will try to initiate trade talks for Bargnani—whom the Raptors owe $23 million over the next two seasons—with anyone willing to listen.

It might be a tough sell, though, as Bargnani's past two seasons have been marked by injury and ineffectiveness.

The former No. 1 overall pick has played only 56 of a possible 148 games since the start of the 2011-12 season and hasn't looked very good in the rare instances he's been able to see the court. Things got so bad last season that Raptors coach Dwane Casey took to substituting Bargnani during timeouts so fans couldn't boo him like they could when he was individually introduced during a regular stoppage.

The perimeter-oriented forward shot just under 40 percent from the field and a shade over 30 percent from long range during the 2012-13 season. Those numbers are bad in any context, but because Bargnani is a poor rebounder, seems allergic to contact and doesn't set up his teammates, they were especially problematic.

Still, Bargnani is just 27 years old and isn't so far removed from three straight seasons in which his PER was above league average (2009-2011). So there could be a decent market for his services.

 

*All of the upcoming trades work within the rules of the current CBA.

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