With the plethora of rumours and reports linking him to various teams, everyone just assumed that by Thursday’s trade deadline, Andrea Bargnani’s tumultuous time in Toronto would have mercifully come to an end, also bringing about the end of the Primo Pasta and Sauce commercials we’ve been subject to for the last few years.
Unfortunately for those fans, it sounds like we may have to wait a while longer…
Doug Smith of the Toronto Star wrote on Sunday morning that he was told when it comes to a highly anticipated Bargnani trade, “looks like the summer.”
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Raptors would have trouble finding a return of significant value for the under-performing big man, but I’m still holding out hope that some sort of decent deal worth making (hell, I was/am ready to take Spencer Hawes!) will present itself before Thursday.
If a deal involving Bargnani isn’t done by Thursday, then hopefully he can at least up his game even minimally over the final 29 games of the season to persuade potential buyers into thinking they can finally be the team to unlock the magical powers within Il Mago next year, as teams generally seem more open to taking chances on enigmas like Bargnani in the off-season, when the promise of a new season often clouds judgement.
I guess paying the luxury tax for Carlos Boozer and a playoff team with a clear ceiling was too expensive after all.