NBA Notes: Knicks complete trade for Bargnani

NBA Notes: Knicks complete trade for Bargnani

July 1, 2013, 2:30 pm
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The Knicks have strengthened their frontcourt with the addition of Italian forward Andrea Bargnani, the first pick of the 2006 NBA draft.

According to The New York Times, the Knicks acquired Barganani from the Raptors for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, a 2016 first-round pick and an another player. The Times reported that player is Quentin Richardson, while the New York Daily News' Frank Isola said on Twitter that Richardson is in the deal and agreed to a new three-year contract with only the first year guaranteed.

A second-round pick may also be going back to the Raptors.

Bargnani averaged 12.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting in 35 games last season with the Raptors. He also battled an elbow injury. He's the first 7-footer to average under four rebounds a game while playing more than 28 minutes a night in a single season in league history. For his career, Bargnani averages 4.8 rebounds.

Clippers: Paul agrees to max contract

Chris Paul is staying with the Clippers.

Paul tweeted on Monday that he's returning to Los Angeles, where he was traded to in December of 2011. ESPN.com reported that Paul will sign a max deal that runs five years and totals $107 million. He will not be able to sign the deal until July 10.

The 28-year-old averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists and a league-high 2.4 steals in his first season in L.A. Despite the statistically impressive campaign, Paul and the Clippers were bounced from the playoffs by the Grizzlies in the opening round.

In his eight-year career, Paul has never advanced past the second round of the postseason.

Nuggets: Suitors lining up for Iguodala
Former Sixers forward Andre Iguodala put together an impressive postseason with the Nuggets, one that has him primed for a big payday -- with Denver or another team.

After opting out of the final year of his contract, Iguodala is an unrestricted free agent with plenty of suitors. According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, the Pistons and Nuggets are both expected to target Iguodala in free agency.

Iguodala averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and two steals in six playoff games for Denver. During the regular season, he averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds.

Another scenario for Iguodala is the Pelicans. Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears added that New Orleans is interested in reuniting Iguodala with former Sixer teammate Jrue Holiday.