Mar. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani (7) drives to the basket around New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade: Knicks Acquire Andrea Bargnani

According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, “Knicks appear close to acquiring Andrea Bargnani from Toronto, per source. NY offering Camby, Novak, 2 picks (1st rd/2nd rd).”

The Knicks thought Amare’ Stoudemire would be their long term solution at power forward, but he just can’t stay healthy. At times they have used Carmelo Anthony at the four and had success, but if they make this trade, they will clearly indicate they prefer Anthony at the three.

Now they are apparently trying to turn to Bargnani, the #1 overall pick of the 2006 draft. Bargnani, who played in just 35 games last season because of an elbow injury, averaged 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.  He shot 39.9% from the field, 30.9% from beyond the arc and 84.4% from the charity stripe.

Over his career, Bargnani has averaged 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.

Bargnani is schedule to make $11 million next season and $12 million in the 2014-15 season.

The Raptors should be ecstatic if this is the offer they’ve received. Getting rid of a terrible contract and getting a first round pick for it is almost unheard of.

Looks like the hiring of Masai Ujiri is already paying off.

UPDATE: Beck, citing a source, says the deal is “close” and could be completed tonight.

UPDATE #2: Beck says the NBA has not yet approved the deal but “Knicks and Raptors both still motivated to do the deal, but it will have to be tweaked once the 2013-14 salaries kick in on July 1.”

UPDATE #3: According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo, the deal is complete.

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