According to Yahoo! Sports, the New York Knicks are closing in on a deal with the Toronto Raptors that will bring Andrea Bargnani to Madison Square Garden next season. In exchange for Bargnani, the Knicks will send over Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, their 2016 first-rounder and two future second-rounders.
Since being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Bargnani hasn't put up great offensive numbers (15.2 career points per game; 21.4 career-high for points per game in 2010-11 season). While the 27-year-old will serve as a decent back-up behind Tyson Chandler, he still doesn't address the team's need for a guy that can attack the glass (4.8 career rebounds per game; 6.2 career-high for points per game in 2009-10 season). Either way, this is a blank slate for a player definitely in need of a fresh start.
Oh and let's not forget to mention, the Knicks will reportedly take on the remaining $22 million over two years left on Bargnani's contract. Let that one marinate for a second, Knicks fans.
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[via Adrian Wojnarowski]