Nets waive forward Bargnani

Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:25pm EST
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(Reuters) - The Brooklyn Nets waived former No. 1 overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani on Saturday, signaling a new direction for the team under their recently hired general manager Sean Marks.

Bargnani signed with the Nets in the off-season but provided disappointing returns, averaging just 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds for a Nets team that is 15-40.

Brooklyn announced that Marks would take over from Billy King earlier this week, and parting ways with Bargnani was his first move.

Bargnani, 30, was a highly touted Italian prospect, a seven-footer with three-point range, when he was selected with the top pick in the 2006 draft by the Toronto Raptors.

He spent seven seasons in Toronto with mixed results, the high point when he averaged more than 20 points per game in the 2010-11 campaign, before spending two years with the New York Knicks and then landing in Brooklyn.

But he never reached his expected promise and has spent the last few years struggling to find a consistent role.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

Dec 16, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani (9) drives the basket as Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) defends  in the second half at Barclays Center. Miami won 104-98. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports