NBA Rumors: Andrea Bargnani to join David Blatt in Turkey, play for Darussafaka Dogus?

NBA Rumors: Andrea Bargnani to join David Blatt in Turkey, play for Darussafaka Dogus?

Andrea Bargnani was a former first overall draft pick that did not fulfill his potential in the NBA. According to the latest NBA rumors, Bargnani is getting an offer to play in Turkey for Darussafaka Dogus and be coached by David Blatt.

The 30-year-old Italian was drafted first overall by the Toronto Raptors in 2006, ahead of future All-Stars such as LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy. He played his best in the 2010-11 season when he averaged 21.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.

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Injuries and inconsistencies have plagued him his entire career and he never realized his potential as the next great European player in the league. He was traded to the New York Knicks in 2013 before signing with the Brooklyn Nets this season.

However, Bargnani was waived by the Nets last February 20 but he wants to play again in the NBA next season. He prefers signing with an NBA team this summer but European teams are ready to make an offer to him.

According to Sportando, Spanish clubs are lining up to sign the former Raptors forward while Turkish club, Darussafaka Dogus, is also showing interest. He also recently changed agents from CAAA to YouFirst.

Bargnani may be inclined to join the Turkish team to work with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, David Blatt, who was named the team’s head coach at the start of June. Nonetheless, these are all just rumors but expect the Italian to make a decision after competing in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament this summer for his national team.

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In 10 seasons in the NBA, Bargnani has a career average of 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. On the other hand, Blatt has a record of 83-40 in one and half seasons in the NBA but he has won the Euroleague in 2014.

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