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Old 03-27-2012, 11:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Yes. The team is overloaded at the PF spot, with 4 players capable of playing the position (Amir, JJ, Ed, Kleiza) who together make 14 million, outside of Bargnani. Three of those players are younger than Bargnani, with Kleiza being the same age. Bargnani is the asset on the team that would bring back the most in a trade, and the most likely to bring back a high draft pick or promising prospect.

If we don't win the first pick, the question becomes more interesting. Do you then move Bargnani to upgrade at the guard positions, and go forward with Amir and Ed at the 4? Do you keep Bargs, and move one of Amir or Ed as a good value piece for similar good value at a different position, and make a run at a big name free agent (such as Nash) at PG to make a run starting next year?

Keeping or moving Bargnani seems to come down to the time frame projected for this team's success. If you want to be competing in the playoffs in the next 2 years or so, you can't trade him. The only way we get good value back in a trade like that is in picks and young prospects. If you want to be competing more in the 5-years-from-now time frame, that will be at the end of Bargnani's peak years - so you move him now for a piece or pieces that will peak along with the rest of the roster.
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