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Knicks Acquire Andrea Bargnani

JULY 10TH, 11:07am: The Knicks and Raptors have both confirmed that the deal is now finalized (Twitter links). Toronto receives Camby, Novak, Richardson, a 2016 first-round pick, and 2014 and 2017 second-rounders in exchange for Bargnani.

JUNE 30TH, 11:20pm: The Raptors just completed the deal that will send Bargnani to New York, a source told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter).  The deal cannot be officially made until July 10th, however.    

9:38pm: Martin isn't interested in being sent to Toronto in a sign and trade deal, meaning that the Knicks will have to look elsewhere, tweets Marc Stein of  Earl Barron or Quentin Richardson are probably in line for a nice payday, but not a Keith Bogans-style one (link).

8:49pm: The deal will likely be made official on July 10th, tweets Jared Zwerling of  Marc Stein of tweets that a sign-and-trade of a minimum salary player such as Kenyon Martin or Pablo Prigioni would get the deal done.

8:33pm: The trade will not be approved by the league office tonight and as a result, the teams will have to restructure under 2013/14 cap figures, tweets Beck.  Both sides are still motivated to do the deal, but it will have to be re-worked after July 1st.  It's unclear at the moment as to why the league office shot the deal down (Twitter links).

6:33pm: The Raptors are getting the Knicks' 2017 second-round selection plus the 2014 second-round pick from OKC, according to Michael Grange of Sportsnet (on Twitter).

6:03pm: The Knicks will send a 2016 first round pick in the deal, according to Howard Beck of the New York Times (on Twitter).  Frank Isola of the Daily News (on Twitter) points out that the deal must be finalized tonight for salary cap purposes.  The Knicks will send not one, but two second-round picks to the Raptors in the trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Knicks have already traded their own second-rounders through 2016, so the second-rounders are probably be the Kings' 2014 pick (top-55 protected) and the Thunder's 2014 pick.  Otherwise,  it will involve one or both of the club's original 2017/2018 seletions.

5:50pm: The Knicks have agreed to a deal that will bring Andrea Bargnani to New York, a source tells Howard Beck of the New York Times (agreement news via Twitter).  The Knicks will send Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, a first-round pick, and a second-round pick north of the border for the Italian big man.  The deal has been agreed to but is awaiting final approval from the NBA (Twitter link).

Several teams have pursued Bargnani, but the Knicks recently emerged as the “strong favorites” to land him.  The former No. 1 overall pick has career averages of 15.2 PPG and 4.8 RPG in seven NBA seasons.  He's owed $22.25MM over the next two seasons.

Moving Barngani would be the first major move by new Raptors decision-maker Masai Ujiri.  Outgoing GM Bryan Colangelo was open about his desire in past years to move Bargnani, but no deal ever materialized for him.

We heard earlier today that the Knicks were open to the idea of trading the sharpshooting Novak.  The 30-year-old shot an eye-popping 47% from long range in 2011/12 but came back down to earth when he shot at a 42.5% clip from downtown last season.  Novak will earn a combined $11MM over the next three seasons.

Camby, 39, returns back to the organization that drafted him in 1996.  The shot-blocking big man has impressed in recent years with his tremendous rebounding but played in just 24 games for the Knicks last season.  He'll earn $7.5MM between next season and 2014/15.

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One thought on “Knicks Acquire Andrea Bargnani

  1. James

    Didn’t the Nuggets get the option to swap 2016 first rounders with New York in the Carmelo deal?

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