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April 29, 2015 Updates

“I had a great experience with the Knicks, I liked the city, the team and had a good relationship with Derek Fisher,’’ Bargnani told La Gazzetta DelloSport in his native tongue. “I wouldn’t mind signing with the Knicks if the opportunity comes. I will let my agent do his job starting July 1. I am now a veteran in the NBA, and, you know, I would like to sign with a team that can give me the opportunity to win a ring.” New York Post

“I am happy with the Knicks. I love the city and the organization. There is an important project here” Bargnani told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I will consider all the offers I receive from July. I want to remain in the NBA. And I will. I am at the peak of my basketball career and I want to win in the NBA” added Il Mago who talked also about Italian National Team. “It is time to do something important. It is not the first time that we are a good team. But we have to make sacrifices to win. National Team is not like a club and there are no reasons to be egoists. Eurobasket is going to be a great opportunity for all of us. I can’t wait to play with Italy”. Sportando

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Andrea Bargnani will end his season injured but playing as the Italian forward attempts to salvage his career and reputation. According to a team source, Bargnani suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb last week. The injury to Bargnani’s non-shooting hand will not prevent him from playing in the Knicks’ final five games, including Wednesday at the Garden against returning star Paul George and the Indiana Pacers (34-43). New York Daily News

April 7, 2015 Updates

The Knicks will consider bringing Bargnani back because of his offensive talent, but aren’t planning to use their cap space to do so. If they can get him back for the veteran’s minimum, he’ll surely be a Knick next season. But another team may outbid them on the free-agent market. New York Post

April 6, 2015 Updates

The Knicks will consider bringing Bargnani back because of his offensive talent, but aren’t planning to use their cap space to do so. If they can get him back for the veteran’s minimum, he’ll surely be a Knick next season. But another team may outbid them on the free-agent market. “He’s an extremely talented player and the injuries limited him reaching his ceiling,’’ Fisher said. “Whatever the future holds, the way he’s finishing the season is not only showing us, but other teams as well, he’s a very capable player at this point and trying to prove that to everyone, including us. If he’s back, that’s great. If not, he’ll do great no matter the situation.’’ New York Post

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Bargnani’s agent, Leon Rose, confirmed on Tuesday that his client would welcome a second chance with the Knicks. “Andrea is optimistic about what Phil is trying to accomplish and he certainly wants to be part of it,” Rose told the Daily News. “But he’s a free agent this summer so it’s too early to predict what may or may not happen.” Messina believes that Bargnani is perfectly suited for Jackson’s triangle offense, noting that he’s more effective in the high post. “He’s not a low post player,” Messina added. “That’s not his game. I think Andrea is a good player for the triangle. He shoots it well, he’s not a bad passer and he sees the game well.” New York Daily News

Early Tuesday, Bargnani and Messina spoke for 10 minutes on the court and they were eventually joined by another expat, Spurs guard Marco Belinelli. Messina remembers that Belinelli struggled to find his way in the NBA until blossoming three years ago in Chicago. Last season, Belinelli was a key reserve on the Spurs championship team. “I understand in the NBA, Andrea has had bad reviews, but I think he has a lot of upside,” said Messina, who also coached Knicks guard Alexey Shved. “It’s a lot like Belinelli. Before they go back to Europe they want to make a point that they can make it here. “They have a lot of pride. Andrea wants to prove himself. I’d be surprised if he gives up and says, ‘I’m going home for the money.’ He still has something he wants to prove in the NBA.” New York Daily News

March 9, 2015 Updates

A healthy Andrea Bargnani finally is putting up big numbers in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, and it’s putting a pause in what seemed the inevitable: the Italian’s summer departure. 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. New York Post

Asked if he sees himself as a Knick next season, Bargnani, who lives in a nice apartment high-rise in White Plains, said: “I don’t think it is the place or time to talk about the future. The summer is in front. I’m very focused on finishing the season with the Knicks. I don’t know what’s going to happen. “It’s just about the Knicks and this season and my teammates. It’s all about the team right now.’’ New York Post

Jackson has no power forward or center under contract for next season and a one-year deal is not out of the question. Bargnani’s burdensome contract, which pays him $11.5 million this season, expires July 1. Before he returned Feb. 9 in Miami, there was speculation whether any NBA team would offer him even a minimum deal. New York Post

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Al Iannazzone: Phil says not a lot of interest in Bargnani on trade market. Phil also said they may need Bargnani's scoring with no Melo and Amar'e. Twitter @Al_Iannazzone

Teams trying to move high-priced veterans like Prince, Andrea Bargnani (Knicks), Bass (Celtics), Kevin Martin (Timberwolves) and David Lee (Warriors) aren't likely to find any takers. All of the above, besides Lee, would then be headed for buyouts, sources say. CBSSports.com

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