ANDREA Bargnani says he would have signed with the Nets for free as he eyes personal goals after two seasons hampered by injuries.
The top overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft wasn’t too satisfied with the two seasons with the Knicks and looks forward to a fresh start with city rival Brooklyn.
With the Nets, Bargnani is suiting up for the veteran’s minimum of US$1.4 million, with a player option on a second year.
"I would have done it for free because the money at this time does not matter," said Bargnani.
The Italian forward now hopes to get significant playing time and scoring opportunities, according to netsdaily.com.
"I just hope I can have a decent playing time, scoring as many points and exceed goals," he said.
"I do not think I was lucky. Luck is good health that allows you to prove your talent at the right time. The rest is the work,” Bargnani told Malcom Pagani of il Fatto Quotidiano.
Bargnani hasn't played more than 35 games in a season since 2010-11 in Toronto, but, now 29, the Italian big man says he will continue to play the way he does, and intends to play as long as he can.
“I made risky choices, indeed extremely risky and I intend to continue to take risks. I accept all the criticism, it is living in a beautiful dream, I know myself.