A day after making the blockbuster deal to acquire Rudy Gay, Raptors boss Bryan Colangelo appears to be far from finished making moves.
The Raptors president and general manager was a guest on Brady and Lang on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday and said that maybe it was time for a change of scenery for Andrea Bargnani.
"There were obvious discussions with his agent at some point this year, and maybe even with Andrea, that maybe it has run its course," Colangelo said. "Maybe it's time to change address. That's not to say that we are absolutely going to trade Andrea. It's not to say he's asked for a trade.
"He's become a little bit of an easy target if you will, and there's a gang mentality some times, and it's easy to pile on."
Colangelo said that part of that problem may be in the way he carries himself.
"The onus is on him to deliver and play at a level all the time that looks like and appears as if he cares," he said. "You know he cares but it doesn't always seem that way."
Colangelo confirmed that Bargnani's name had come up in trade talks but said any and all discussions were shelved when the former No. 1 overall pick was injured. He also said that Bargnani, who is close to returning, may come back with a chip on his shoulder and believes that could help stimulate trade talks.
"You're going to see, I think, a rejuvenated Andrea Bargnani when he comes back from the injury here in a few days," Colangelo explained. "He's got something to prove. Maybe he proves just enough to create a trade conversation.
"I will tell you that any interest in Andrea -- which there was quite a bit early on in this season -- went by the wayside when he got hurt. So that's just a natural part of the business when a guy's not playing you can't really discuss him."
Colangelo said that there are still a couple of clubs around the league that are keeping close tabs on Bargnani and waiting to see how he looks when he returns before re-entering trade talks, although he would not guarantee that he would pull the trigger on a deal.
"There's teams interested I know that," he said. "I've got a handful of situations that people were monitoring this whole injury process. I'm not saying anything with any concrete nature that he's going to be traded but we're looking to make our basketball team better and I've pretty much told everybody: nobody on our team is untradeable based on some of the things we are looking to do and what our objectives are."
The trade for Gay will push the Raptors slightly over the salary cap heading into next season but Colangelo said the team would still be buyers this summer as there are alternate routes they could take to get under the cap.
"We're still going to be buyers," he said. "We're looking to make this basketball team better. I've got an ownership group that's committed to spending dollars. That's really what you saw evidenced by this trade yesterday."