ABSOLUTELY LOVE this deal for the Knicks. Trading Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, and 2016 first-round to the Raptors for 7-foot center/forward Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani was the 2006 #1 overall NBA draft pick by the Raptors. Bargnani's best NBA season was in 2010-11 when he averaged 21.4 ppg, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists for Toronto. Bargnani will be able to spread the floor for Melo as he is a career 37% 3-point shooter, and averages 3.7 3-point attempts per game. Obviously the only concern is Bargnani's heath, as he has only played in 66 games the past two NBA seasons. Bargnani missed 47 games this past season due to an elbow injury.
Give Knicks GM Glen Glenwald credit once again, as this trade is such a low risk, super high reward for the Knicks. Bargnani will give the Knicks major flexibility in they type of lineup they want to put on the floor. Melo, Bargnani, Chandler - Shumpert, Melo, Bargnani - Melo, Amare, Bargnani.
I know most people will rip this trade and say the typical "Bargnani is soft", he was a "NBA draft bust", and all the sterotypical comments that will come from casual fans, and media "experts." Lets be honest, these will be people that don't have the NBA package and no one is watching Raptor games.
Toronto has been a TERRIBLE team, only making the playoffs twice during the Chrissy Bosh era, being bounced in the first round both times.
The MSG faithful is going to LOVE Bargnani, and mark my words he will have a big impact on the 2013-14 Knickerbockers.
Brooklyn has agreed to send three first-round picks (2014, '16 and '18) along with Kris Humphries' expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans and a sign-and-traded Keith Bogans to the Celtics for Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry. By agreeing to add Terry to the trade, sources said, Brooklyn alleviated some of Boston's concerns about absorbing the remaining three years and $30 million on Wallace's contract.
* A sick, win now starting lineup for the Broooooooooklyn Nets.
Deron Williams - 17.8 ppg, 9.0 assists
Joe Johnson - 17.6 ppg, 4.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds
Paul Pierce - 21.8 ppg, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists
Kevin Garnett - 19.1 ppg, 10.5 rebounds, 3.9 assist, 2.3 blocks
Brook Lopez - 19.4 ppg, 8.0 rebounds
* pic via Celticslife.com
* career stastics
Former Canadian teen actor and current "rapper" and Miami Heat groupie Drake was not allowed access to the locker room after the team beat the Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Drake then got pissy and cursed at security. Why are you so upset Drake? Don't want to miss any moments like the one below?