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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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Ian Begley: Sounds like #Knicks F/C Andrea Bargnani is still a couple weeks from possibly taking the court. Fisher says he's still limited in practice. Twitter @IanBegley

January 19, 2015 Updates

What is your opinion about Andrea Bargnani? He has been criticized very hard, especially from Marc Berman of the Post. Howard Beck: Bargnani can't seem to stay healthy. But even when he's on the court, he's just not a very good NBA player. At his best, Bargnani is a very good shooter. But he's not particularly good at anything else -- passing, driving posting up or playing defense. He also doesn't seem to have much passion for the game. I will be curious to see if any NBA teams show interest in him this summer. I won't be surprised if he returns to Europe. Sportando

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