The New York Knicks’ trade for Andrea Bargnani has been an unmitigated disaster, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Bargnani will be gone when his bloated contract is up after this season. Knicks president Phil Jackson has interest in bringing back Bargnani, for the right price of course, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post:
According to an NBA source, Jackson still is a fan and has interest in bringing Bargnani back for the right price because of his length, post defense and ability to score and pass in the structured system. Bargnani’s market value is one of the great mysteries of the summer, pending how he finishes the final 21 games.
Bargnani has played well of late since returning from yet another injury, and he has averaged 18.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 55.2 percent in the last five games. Bringing back the big man at a cheap price could be a decent move, as he’s a solid fit for the Triangle thanks to his stellar mid-range shooting.
However, the Knicks must be wary of this late push by Bargnani in a contract year. He’s doing it on a terrible team, and he hasn’t been a quality NBA player in years. He’s still a terrible rebounder and a minus on defense, and his health is always a major concern. So while it wouldn’t be crazy to bring him back, there’s zero reason to overpay or give him any type of long-term deal.