It's official: Andrea Bargnani, maybe the biggest dud in Toronto Raptors history, is finally gone.
With 2013-14's salary cap set in stone, the Dinos announced that Bargnani has been traded to the New York Knicks for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson and three draft picks. And somehow, they haven't been arrested for theft over $1,000.
"We collectively decided that a fresh start for both parties was the best way to move forward," said Toronto president and general manager Masai Ujiri. "We wish Andrea all the best."
No you don't.
What made Bargnani so infuriating was his indifference to fame and basketball. He had enough potential to be a superstar, but instead chose to fumble around the court with his mouth open when he wasn't acting in terrible commercials. He was also ludicrously overpaid, which was Bryan Colangelo's fault.
In other good news, the Raptors signed free agents Tyler Hansbrough and Julyan Stone to bargain contracts. In Hansbrough, Toronto gets much needed size and grit off the bench. In Stone, they get a capable if not great backup point guard.
And so, new GM Ujiri continues to do what his predecessor Colangelo couldn't: Get rid of the mistake that was Bargnani, acquire affordable talent, and shore up the future with draft picks without tanking. We'd say things look bright in Raptorland, but this is Toronto after all.
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