Report: Nets to sign Andrea Bargnani to two-year deal

The Brooklyn Nets announced today that the franchise had agreed in principle to sign forward Andrea Bargnani on a two-year contract at the veteran’s minimum. The former Knick will simply just change boroughs after reportedly leaving more money on the table in Sacramento. Although the Nets have undergone a slew of changes this summer in the name of youth and development, including the signing of D-League journeyman Willie Reed and the buyout of Deron Williams, they’ll bring in Bargnani on a low-risk deal.

Reports say that the second year will be a player option for Bargnani, and he’ll look to provide some shooting the Nets still desperately need. In 2014-2015, Bargnani averaged 14.8 PPG and 4.4 RPG at 45% from the field over 27 MPG. However, injuries have plagued the former number one overall pick and he only played in 29 games last season. Over the years, Bargnani has been heavily criticized for his lackluster effort on defense, so it will be fascinating to see how he mixes with the gritty, no-nonsense, defensive-minded Lionel Hollins.