The New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors made a head-scratching trade on Monday when Andrea Barngani was shipped from north of the border to the Big Apple exchange for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, a first-round pick and two second-round picks, according to USA Today. Everyone had pretty much the same reaction to the move: huh?!
On the one hand, Bargnani is a great fit in New York because he’s a seven-footer and he can score, which is what Carmelo Anthony wants. The Knicks’ polarizing star has said repeatedly he needs help, so here it is…kinda.
On the other other hand, giving up two players and three draft picks for a former No. 1 overall selection who has yet to make an All-Star game in seven seasons is definitely a Knicks-type move. Yes, Bargnani is a good fit, but they gave up way too much for the overrated Italian.
This move and the recent trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets shows that teams in the Atlantic Division are serious about making moves to upgrade their rosters…even if those moves are the smartest ones at the time.
One thing is for sure: if these are signs of what we can expect this offseason in the NBA, we’re in for one heck of a season.