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Report: Kings in 'Advanced Discussions' with Andrea Bargnani

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Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported earlier this evening that the Sacramento Kings are in "advanced discussions" with former New York Knick PF/C Andrea Bargnani.

Bargnani was the first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, and had a few decent at best seasons with the Toronto Raptors before his injury plagued tenure with the Knicks completely tanked any value he had around the league. If the Kings sign Bargnani, you can file this move with Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo under ‘reclamation projects’. Of course, Bargnani has a lot less to reclaim than those other two.

The best thing I can say about Andrea Bargnani is that he can still shoot from three. He shot .366 from three last season in New York, and his career .356 3P% is very respectable for a legit 7-footer.

Outside of his shooting ability, he’s not going to give you much else. He is a notoriously horrific defender. If you’re feeling optimistic, you could argue that his defensive deficiencies are a lot less damaging as a reserve player, and that DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos, and Willie Cauley-Stein will be able to cover for him on that end.

Admittedly, Bargnani would not be my first choice out of the available depth frontcourt players. I’d prefer someone in that Darrell Arthur, Quincy Acy, Reggie Evans, Tyler Hansbrough group, but you can see what Divac is trying to do with Bargnani. He’s clearly the most offensively skilled big man in that grouping, but he’s been so horrible in New York for two seasons that it’s impossible to get excited about his potential signing. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I can’t imagine Bargnani costing the Kings anything more than a veterans minimum contract, and considering the low risk, I have a hard time getting upset about it despite my disinterest in the player. If it works, fine, if it doesn’t, he rides the bench. That’s about it.