The New York Knicks have reportedly finalized a trade with the Toronto Raptors for forward Andrea Bargnani, the #1 overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft.
According to ESPN.com, the deal is as follows: the Knicks will send Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a 2016 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2014 and 2017 to the Toronto Raptors for Bargniani.
Richardson wasn’t initially part of the deal, but was added in a sign-and-trade after both sides were unable to complete the transaction Sunday night (June 30). After midnight on July 1, players’ salaries changed, so Richardson needed to be added to satisfy league trade requirements.
Although the deal is done, it won’t be official until July 10, when the NBA’s moratorium on free-agent signings and trades is lifted.
Camby was picked second overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Raptors. He didn’t sound very excited in a statement released through his agent.
“It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t given a meaningful opportunity to contribute last season in New York. I was really looking forward to the upcoming year as a chance to show the organization what they missed out on last year, and pushing our team towards the Finals,” he said.
“I have nothing but positive things to say about the city of Toronto and its great fans, having been drafted by the Raptors 17 years ago. Given that my goal, at this point in my career, is to have a shot at a championship, however, I’ll have to evaluate my options going forward. I’ve enjoyed a great career and under the right circumstances I hope to continue making an impact in the league.”