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The many reasons Toronto re-signed Andrea Bargnani

Part of this is political. Colangelo hedged his bets on the lanky Italian, a player he drafted with the top selection three years ago instead of Portland’s Brandon Roy. Remember, this support contributed to the club trading Jermaine O’Neal to Miami. Fair or not, Bargnani will always get every opportunity to succeed by the powers that be in Toronto …


The many reasons Toronto re-signed Andrea BargnaniBreaking news mixed with analysis …

Their News: "A new core is quickly taking shape for the Toronto Raptors, who locked up centre Andrea Bargnani to a US$50-million, five-year deal Wednesday and are close to finalizing a contract with free agent forward Hedo Turkolgu." (TSN.ca)

Our Very Quick Analysis: I call this the ‘Cover Your Back’ move.

Toronto’s front office is protecting itself in two ways by inking Andrea Bargnani to a lucrative, long-term extension well before his rookie contract expires. First, GM Bryan Colangelo continues to back his first overall pick from the 2006 Draft. And second, the organization has options if Chris Bosh leaves next summer via free agency.

Part of this is political. Colangelo hedged his bets on the lanky Italian, a player he drafted with the top selection three years ago instead of Portland’s Brandon Roy. Remember, this support contributed to the club trading Jermaine O’Neal to Miami. Fair or not, Bargnani will always get every opportunity to succeed by the powers that be in Toronto.

Part of this is about insurance. Bosh, the Raptors’ current franchise face, seems hesitant to sign an extension and commit long-term to the T-Dot. If the four-man heads south next July as part of the great free agent chase of 2010, Toronto has a solid replacement in Bargnani, who feels comfortable sliding over to power forward.

Part of this is also fair. Under interim Coach Jay Triano, Bargnani started stretching defenses with his outside range, while also attacking the basket aggressively. Most importantly, after a tough second year, he finally enjoyed playing, posting respectable numbers of fifteen points and five rebounds per night.

Many factors contributed to the Raptors re-upping with Bargnani. In a rough economy, with the salary cap declining significantly in 2010, the club may have overpaid. Then again, with Bosh set to leave and Colangelo’s own reputation at stake, what choice did the former Executive of the Year have?

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