Who knew there was competition in the market for Air-Bargnani, the reigning king of what might just be the worst possible dunk attempt in the history of basketball. Just maybe.
I guess even the dreaded Air-Bargs slam couldn’t scare teams away from the former New York Knick. After two years of questionable play and a stint full of injuries, Bargnani will no longer play for the rebuilding franchise, but he won’t be going far. In fact, like former Knick Shane Larkin, he’ll be packing his bags and taking his talents right across the bridge.
Bargnani’s new home will be the Barclays Center as a Brooklyn Net. It comes as a bit of a shock, considering ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported just yesterday that he was nearing a deal with the Sacramento Kings. Tonight, Stein reports that Bargnani will take less money from the Nets because he preferred how he would fit wit them.
I’m not exactly sure a front court of Andrea Bargnani and Brook Lopez will make for the most productive on the glass. Over his career, Bargnani has averaged just over four rebounds and Lopez has averaged about seven. Might I add they both stand at seven feet and should be pulling down boards like nobody’s business. On the other hand, with the loss of Mirza Teletovic and Deron Williams, the Nets could use some size and offensive production.
Despite his inconsistencies and struggle with injuries, Bargnani could be of some valuable service. Averaging 15 points a game over his career and having above average spacing abilities unique to a traditional center, make him an interesting pick up for the Nets, who will ultimately struggle next season as they appear to be entering the rebuilding phase.
With two former Knicks added to their roster, who were also both part of the franchise’s worst season, the Nets are shaping up for a 17-win season themselves. What might be even more amusing is that there has been no interest on the market for former Knick JR Smith, who just finished his season with NBA finals’ runner-ups, the Cleveland Cavaliers. After this signing, one can only imagine Smith is just tearing his hair out, or maybe seeking consolation with his pet panda? We’ll see what’s next for Smith, and how Bargnani fares with his new team, very, very soon.