Friday night, Andrea Bargnani was listed as inactive, out with an unspecified "illness." Looks like an acute case of buyout-itis.
Marc Stein reports the Nets and Bargnani's agent are talking terms of departure for the former overall No. 1 pick.
ESPN sources say that the Nets and veteran forward Andrea Bargnani have opened buyout negotiations— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2016
Both Adrian Wojnarowski and Sean Deveney reported earlier in the week that Bargnani was a likely buyout candidate. Bargnani has a guaranteed two year contract with the vets minimum, paying him about $1.4 million this season and $1.5 million next season. The contract came with a player option. Bargnani is averaging 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 46 games. He is shooting 18.8 percent from three.
The Nets would presumably want to avoid carrying much if any of his second year contract on the salary cap next season.
Dumping Bargnani would open a roster spot, which the Nets could use to audition young players on 10-day contracts ... or vets minimum deals.
No word on any buyout talks with Joe Johnson.