On his Facebook, Andrea Bargnani wrote that he sought a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets after he did not receive the minutes or role he was promised last summer. In a quickly lost season for the Nets, Bargnani fell behind younger players like Thomas Robinson and Chris McCullough in the rotation and, as he stated on Facebook this afternoon, he was not pleased.
As Bargnani prepares for the international stage this summer with Italy, the power forward shared his thoughts:
I chose to leave the Nets and a contract guaranteed because the conditions in which they had convinced me to sign were other and being used with limited playing time made no sense to continue to remain in that situation for me or for the team.”
After Sean Marks was appointed general manager of the Nets in February, his first order of business was to take care of Bargnani and his stagnating role in the rotation. Bargnani was bought out and became an NBA free agent in time to sign with a team before the playoffs, however he did not do so.
Bargnani had a player option for the 2016-2017 season fully guaranteed, but opted for greener pastures and, eventually, the Euroleague.