Monday, July 1, 2013
What shedding Bargnani means for TOR
By Joe Kaiser
Once the reported trade becomes official, new Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri will earn plenty of praise around the NBA blogosphere for pulling off something many thought might be impossible: Trading Andrea Bargnani and the $23 million remaining on his contract through 2014-15.
Here's a look at why this deal looks so good for the Raptors, at least from the outset.
By shedding Bargnani's contract, will be able to go forward with the players who have more of a future with the franchise. For the time being, that means Amir Johnson at the four and possibly other free agent targets like Carl Landry.
Here's ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton, who graded the trade a D- for New York and an A for Toronto.
Kevin PeltonThis is a win-win for the Raptors
"Masai Ujiri was quiet on draft night, when the Raptors were the only team not to make a pick. The new general manager's effort to clean up the Toronto roster begins in earnest with this move. After a frustrating 2012-13 season, Bargnani had to go. The only question was how bad the return would be for the Raptors. This move saves them $7.6 million in salary in 2014-15, provided they waive Camby (whose contract is guaranteed for about a million), and possibly even more if Camby simply decides to retire rather than reporting. For Toronto to accomplish that kind of savings and also get three draft picks out of the deal is almost unthinkable. There's plenty more work ahead for Ujiri in undoing Bryan Colangelo's mistakes, but this is an ideal start."