Raptors' Andrea Bargnani Officially Traded to Knicks in Multi-Player Deal

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Raptors' Andrea Bargnani Officially Traded to Knicks in Multi-Player Deal

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks, as first reported by Howard Beck of the New York Times.

 

UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 10:35 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

 NYKnicks.com's Jonah Ballow has the latest from Andrea Bargnani:

New York Daily News' Frank Isola has more from Bargnani:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 12:10 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The New York Knicks have officially acquired Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors, according to NYKnicks.com's Jonah Ballow.

The Knicks then provided fans with a look at Bargnani's new jersey:

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UPDATE: Monday, July 1, at 12:25 a.m. ET by Eric Ball

Just after the free-agency period officially began, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the deal will go through:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 30, at 9:38 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

While the trade is still expected to be completed, both teams will have to wait another day, according to Howard Beck of the New York Times. Odds are the trade will have to be tweaked; per Beck:

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Original text:

Beck tweeted on Sunday:

In exchange, the Knicks are reportedly offering a package consisting of center Marcus Camby, sharpshooter Steve Novak, a future first-round pick and a future second-round draft pick, according to Beck.

According to Beck, the first-rounder will be for 2016:

Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet dives deeper into the details of the draft picks heading to Toronto:

The Raptors will unload the remaining two years and $22.25 million left on Bargnani's contract. For the Knicks, it looks like Bargnani will play a stretch-4 role alongside center Tyson Chandler, while Carmelo Anthony heads back to his natural position of small forward after playing some power forward last season.

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It's a rather odd and perhaps misguided trade for New York. Bargnani has largely disappointed in Toronto. He shot 40 percent from the floor last season while averaging just 3.7 boards in 29 minutes per game. Also, the three-point ability he had before has been missing the past two years. He shot 31 percent from downtown last season after shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc in 2011-12.

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Novak was also one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA last season, knocking down 43 percent of his attempts from outside. He helped space the floor for New York.

Perhaps there will be more clarification moving forward concerning what the Knicks are actually doing here. As of now, it's rather puzzling.

As for the Raptors, they have to be jumping for joy, unloading a cumbersome contract as they look to improve on last season's disappointing campaign.

 

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