I'm wading into the Andrea Bargnani trade debate wearing a flak jacket & bedomed with a helmet

Here’s my advice for Bryan Colangelo… “Don’t just do something – stand there!” Yes, folks, I’m saying we need to hold on to the exasperating Italian a little while longer. Here’s why:

  • His value will never be lower on the trade market than it is today.
  • The trade deadline is February 21 – what’s the rush?
  • Coach Casey had a plan coming out of training camp, in which Bargnani & Landry Fields were integral components. Coach has never had a chance to put his preferred lineup on the floor with everyone healthy. Assuming Kyle Lowry & AB are ready in the new year, & Fields is in game shape, we’ve got to give Coach 10 games.
  • AB has been in a dismal shooting slump all season. I can’t believe he will continue in such a funk. When (if?) he rediscovers his stroke, his value will return to what it was when the season opened.
  • Should the team continue to roll, & there is no compelling need to see him back on the floor as a starter, he still can be a Stretch-4 with the second unit.
  • Amnesty? AMNESTY? Sure, & after that, I’ll slip on some brass knuckles, make a fist, & punch myself in the jaw

In short, when we use our brains in a cold, calculating General Manager fashion, rather than the emotional just-dump-the-guy state I’m reading everywhere, we see that a healthy AB has value. The one sitting in street clothes has almost none.

Anyway, that’s my view, but you can express yours in the accompanying poll.

Now that I’ve solved that dilemma, we can turn our attention to the question of what we should do, if anything, with a certain Spanish Point Guard. You’ll hear from me soon.

Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.


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