JULY 12TH, 2:45pm: The Kings are finalizing the signing today, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.
JULY 11TH, 8:53pm: The Kings are in “advanced discussions” with former Knick Andrea Bargnani, and the two sides are getting close to a deal, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN. The nine-year veteran was the overall number one pick in the 2006 NBA draft. He spent seven years in Toronto before being traded to New York in 2013.
Bargnani earlier indicated that he was considering several options in free agency, including signing with a team in Europe. The Knicks were reportedly interested in keeping him, but only on a minimum-salary deal.
Bargnani earned $10.75MM and $11.5MM during his two seasons in New York. His production with the Knicks never matched his salary, as he appeared in just 71 games during his time there, averaging 13.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.
The Kings are in the market for frontcourt help after this week’s trade that sent Carl Landry and Tristan Thompson to the Sixers along with Nik Stauskas. The move helped Sacramento clear enough cap room to sign Rajon Rondo. Bargnani may fit into the team’s remaining salary cap room or he could have to accept a minimum deal, tweets former NBA Executive Bobby Marks.