Monday March 9th, 2015

The New York Knicks are interested in re-signing forward Andrea Bargnani when he becomes a free agent this summer, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.

Bargnani, 29, is making $11.5 million this season in the final season of a five-year, $50 million contract. After missing 49 of the team's first 51 games with a calf injury, he has averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in his last 10 games.

Bargnani has battled injuries during each of his two seasons in New York, but Berman reports Knicks president Phil Jackson has not ruled out bringing him back next year.

According to an NBA source, Jackson still is a fan and has interest in bringing Bargnani back for the right price because of his length, post defense and ability to score and pass in the structured system. Bargnani’s market value is one of the great mysteries of the summer, pending how he finishes the final 21 games.

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The Raptors selected Bargnani with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft, and he spent seven years in Toronto before being traded to the Knicks prior to the 2013-14 season.

The Knicks have the worst record in the NBA at 12-49 this season.

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