Andrea Bargnani Illness: Updates on Nets C's Status and Return

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Jan 9, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani (9) dribbles the ball as Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver (43) defends during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani is sick and will miss at least one game. 

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Bargnani Out vs. Knicks

Friday, Feb. 19

Devin Kharpertian of passed along the update regarding Bargnani's status, noting the big man will not play in Friday's game against the New York Knicks.

In the midst of a disappointing season after signing a two-year, $2.9 million deal with the Nets in the summer, per Spotrac, Bargnani is averaging just 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from three-point range.

Although he possesses a player option for next season, Bargnani's days in Brooklyn may be numbered. Prior to Thursday's NBA trade deadline, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Bargnani is part of a group of players who will "almost assuredly" have their contracts bought out.

On Friday, the Boston Celtics announced that they waived David Lee, one of the players Wojnarowski listed in the group.

If Bargnani manages to stick around, his playing time figures to hover below 15 minutes per game, as it has all season long. And with youngsters in need of developmental playing time taking priority with the playoffs firmly out of reach, the 30-year-old doesn't figure to be a primary component of the team's rotation moving forward.