Colangelo: Bargnani Would Be Open To Trade

January 31 2013 at 9:07am CST By Luke Adams

On the heels of his acquisition of Rudy Gay, Raptors president Bryan Colangelo suggested to reporters, including Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, that he may not be done dealing yet. Colangelo referred to Andrea Bargnani as a player who has "definitely garnered interest," adding that the former first overall pick would likely be open to a trade.

"He’s a unique talent, but sometimes a change of address is not bad," Colangelo said. "I’m not saying he’s asked for a trade, but he would certainly not fight or resist a situation if it was the right situation."

Colangelo went on to say that there are no assurances the Raptors will deal Bargnani, and that for now the focus is on getting him healthy and back on the court. But Bargnani has long been viewed as a potential trade candidate, and with Gay's sizable salary potentially on the books through 2014/15, moving Bargnani's contract could help alleviate some of Toronto's cap and tax concerns.

Bargnani tore a ligament in his shooting elbow earlier in the season, and has been out of action since December 10th. His injury issues, along with an eight-figure annual salary, will make him a tricky trade chip to move within the next three weeks. If Toronto doesn't trade Bargnani at this year's deadline, it's not out of the question that the 27-year-old becomes an amnesty candidate this summer. He's one of three Raptors still eligible to be amnestied.

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