Former first overall pick Andrea Bargnani is staying in the Big Apple after all. After spending the past two seasons with the Knicks, the free-agent forward has agreed to join the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets confirmed the deal on the team’s official Twitter account hours after it was reported that Bargnani was expected to sign with the Sacramento Kings:
#Nets have reached an agreement in principle with free agent F/C Andrea Bargnani, GM Billy King announced today.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 12, 2015
The deal is for the veteran’s minimum:
Andrea Bargnani has signed a one year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Nets with a player option for a 2nd year, per league sources.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 12, 2015
The seven-footer spent the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors, who selected him with the first overall pick in the 2006 draft. Spending the previous two years with the Knicks, Bargnani’s time with the franchise was all but over as his 2015 campaign was plagued by injuries for the majority of the season.
Appearing in just 71 games for the Knicks in two seasons, Bargnani averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists when healthy.
Though the 29-year-old is seemingly past his prime, if there was ever a prime in the first place, Bargnani will hopefully add some much-needed depth to the Nets’ bench and frontcourt at a cheap price. By re-signing both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, Bargnani can play a supporting role for head coach Lionel Hollins, adding an offensive presence in the post and around the perimeter.