I’ve been out for a few hours, but I just picked up my phone to see that the New York Knicks have traded Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, one first round pick and two future second round picks for Andrea Bargnani.
Quite simply, Andrea Bargnani hasn’t been too good (when he plays). With that said, Novak and Camby don’t play and didn’t really have a chance of playing this upcoming year. Given the fact that Bargnani’s remaining two years $23 million comes off the books in 2014-2015, the same summer Melo, Chandler and Stoudemire’s deals end, it makes sense that the Knicks would like to package Camby and Novak’s longer deals for a player with some upside, and a deal that comes off the books the same year as everyone else’s.
Bargnani is a 7’0″, 256 pound power forward, who is known for shooting. Last season, in just 35 games played, Bargnani averaged 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 28.7 minutes a night. He shot 30.9% from three and 39.9% from the floor.
With all of that said, I HATE the Knicks sending out these three draft picks (2016 first rounder, 2017 second rounder and 2014 second rounder (via OKC)).
I have no idea where he will fit, but trust that Grunwald did this for a reason other than getting rid of Novak’s contract.
I hope, at least.
UPDATE: The NBA will not approve this trade tonight and the two teams will have to re-structure the deal after July 1, in order to complete it.