The Toronto Raptors have confirmed the acquisition of former Raptors centre Marcus Camby, forwards Steve Novak and Quentin Richardson, a 2016 first-round draft pick and two second-round draft picks, one in 2014 and one in 2017, in exchange for forward/center Andrea Bargnani.
“We collectively decided that a fresh start for both parties was the best way to move forward,” said Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri. “We wish Andrea all the best.”
Camby is a 17-year veteran who signed a three-year deal with the Knicks last season, the final year is not guaranteed. He originally was the second overall selection of the Raptors in the 1996 Draft.
Camby has indicated that coming to Toronto was not how he wanted to finish his career. It is expected he will be eventually be traded or bought out even though he would be an ideal mentor for Jonas Valanciunas.
Novak is a 6-foot-10 combo-forward who is considered one of the top long-distance shooters in the NBA. At 30-years-old last season, Novak hit a career-best 149 three-pointers. At 42.5 percent, he ranked 11th in the league in three-point field goal percentage. He had led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage the year before. Head Coach Dwane Casey will be able to make good use of this floor stretcher that can provide some instant offense off the bench.
Richardson played in just one game for the Knicks last season and after 13 NBA seasons, his playing days may be over. He hasn’t contributed a lot three years now, but he had a solid 13 year NBA career and could act as a mentor for a young Raptors team if both he and Casey can agree. Richardson was included in the deal to meet the requirements of the CBA, how this concludes is a wait and see situation.
Bargnani was the first overall draft pick of the 2006 NBA Draft. Over his seven seasons Toronto, he was an effective scoring big man for the Raptors, but took considerable flak for his lack of rebounding and questionable defense. Unusual injuries over the past three seasons in Toronto likely sealed his fate and precipitated this trade. Bargnani’s 41 point career-high came against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2010.