Bargnani's Time Up?

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/21/2013 8:33:00 AM

As the clock quickly ticks to the NBA's 3 p.m. trade deadline on Thursday, all eyes will be on the Toronto Raptors and what they do with Andrea Bargnani.

And from the looks of things or perhaps rumblings, it appears that the deadline will pass and Bargnani will still be a Raptor.

But if President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo is absolutely serious about the team making the playoffs, then he should consider working the phones and sweet talking other GMs to get a deal in place to send the 27-year-old power forward/centre somewhere else.

Now I won't hop on the hate Bargnani bandwagon, but since his return from a two month long injury layoff, he has done nothing to help his case. The big man has been booed by fans game after game since returning on February 6th, and he has been really struggling as of late, scoring a total of six points in the last three games.

And while some of us sympathize with him, in having to adapt to his new role coming off the bench, it's now starting to become a bit uncomfortable watching things go from bad to worse.
Now while we are hoping (more like praying) that something does happen, the chances are looking very slim.

You see Bargani is owed $10.7-million next season and $11.5-million in the 2014-15 season and with his recent lack of productivity, it would be a hell of a gamble for another team to take him on without asking for more in return for less.

There's even been reports of the Chicago Bulls showing some interest in Bargnani in exchange for forward Carlos Boozer, but that appears to be just all talk for now.

So while we keep our eyes and ears open, we can only hope that Colangelo pulls out another magic trick out of his hat, the way he did with the Rudy Gay trade, otherwise there will be a lot of disgruntled fans in this city.

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