Toronto Raptors: Andrea Bargnani to Be Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

December 27th, 2010 by Patrick Yaghoobians Leave a reply »
There have been some rumors airing that the Toronto Raptors are going to trade center Andrea Bargnani to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for center Anderson Varejao. Where these rumours started, personally I have no idea, but there is no reason as to why the Raptors will be willing to trade away their franchise player.

Andrea Bargnani is the face of the Raptors franchise and still has four years remaining on his contract. He is also the leader in points per game for the team. On the other hand, Varejao is the main big man in Cleveland and is not as gifted offensively as Bargnani. On the upside, Varejao is the better rebounder and defender in this case, but Bargnani is better overall.

Let us look at the stats for both players in the rumors:

Andrea Bargnani: 21.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.8 BPG

Anderson Varejao: 9.1 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 BPG

Obviously, we see that Bargnani is the much better player compared to Varejao, although Varejao averages more rebounds by almost double the number. But at the same time, Bargnani averages more than double the number of points that Varejao averages.

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