Bargnani an Italian albatross

Thanks to his huge salary, it will be very hard for the Raptors to trade Andrea Bargnani. (REUTERS)

Thanks to his huge salary, it will be very hard for the Raptors to trade Andrea Bargnani. (REUTERS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

Raptors ownership is poised to bring back Bryan Colangelo and Dwane Casey for another season.

They will be making a mistake, particularly where Colangelo is concerned.

Colangelo’s refusal to recognize the obvious with Andrea Bargnani — that the “enigma of enigmas” could never be relied on as a key building block — and his total misread of the Chris Bosh situation have resulted in three playoff wins in seven years, including five years without a playoff appearance, when things could have been much different.

Sure, drafting Jonas Valanciunas was a coup and acquiring Rudy Gay was a strong play, but the roster that has been built is one that is capped out and limited in where it can go, unless Valanciunas becomes a superstar.

By convincing himself that Bargnani would one day repay his faith in him, Colangelo failed the franchise he has been paid handsomely to direct. Instead of dealing him when he had solid value, Colangelo hung on to the Roman and now, according


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