The Knicks have largely gotten nothing out of the trade they made with the Raptors to acquire Andrea Bargnani, but it’s now being speculated, just as New York might be able to free itself from the embarrassment, that the team may find it in its heart to re-sign him if the price is right.
The Knicks will consider bringing Bargnani back because of his offensive talent, but aren’t planning to use their cap space to do so. If they can get him back for the veteran’s minimum, he’ll surely be a Knick next season. But another team may outbid them on the free-agent market.
“He’s an extremely talented player and the injuries limited him reaching his ceiling,’’ Fisher said. “Whatever the future holds, the way he’s finishing the season is not only showing us, but other teams as well, he’s a very capable player at this point and trying to prove that to everyone, including us. If he’s back, that’s great. If not, he’ll do great no matter the situation.’’
This comes after Bargnani posted 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in a win over … the Sixers.
New York traded three draft picks for Bargnani — a a first-round pick in 2016, and second-round selections in 2014 and 2017. That alone is reason enough to let Bargnani go at the conclusion of this season; any reminder of such a one-sided deal should be jettisoned, at all costs.
While the Knicks will certainly need to round out next season’s roster with minimum salary players, letting Bargnani go in free agency, no matter how well he plays in the final few games of the regular season against the league’s bottom-feeders, is the right way to go in order to move on from the team’s disastrous recent past.