The Brooklyn Nets gained some additional cap space when they bought out Deron Williams earlier this week and with that cap space they have decided to sign Andrea Bargnani.
The Nets have signed Bargnani to a two-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum with a player option for the second year. Bargnani will make $1.36 million in his first year and his player option is worth $1.42 million. Bargnani was taken with the first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors and he has failed to live up to those expectations due in large part to injuries.
#Nets have reached an agreement in principle with free agent F/C Andrea Bargnani, GM Billy King announced today.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 12, 2015
Bargnani was a member of the New York Knicks last season and in 29 games he averaged 14.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The 29-year-old Bargnani reportedly was offered more money with the Sacramento Kings, but decided to take less money to join the Nets because he liked the fit in Brooklyn.
Bargnani will likely come off of the bench for Brooklyn and he will likely play a Mirza Teletovic type of a role. Veteran players taking less money is becoming a trend this offseason, first David West took less money to join the San Antonio Spurs and now Bargnani took less money to join the Nets.