The new Brooklyn Nets GM, who was hired away from the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week, made his first move Saturday when the team waived forward Andrea Bargnani. Next might be star Joe Johnson, who’s making $24.9 million this season and has been rumored to be interested in signing with Cleveland if Brooklyn buys him out, too.
Bargnani, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, had been a bust since signing with Brooklyn in July, averaging just 6.6 points while the Nets have gone 15-40, the second-worst record in the East. At least he wasn’t an expensive bust — the 30-year-old Italian signed for the veteran’s minimum after two disappointing seasons with the Knicks.
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In New York, Bargnani failed to achieve the success he had in Toronto, where he spent his first seven seasons, averaging 15.2 points. Injuries played a big role — he’s missed 200 games since 2011.
Once players clear waivers, they have until March 1 to sign with a team and be eligible for the playoffs.
The Nets and I agreed to part ways this afternoon. Ready for the next challenge. #mago