Colangelo, who was a guest of Mike Farwell and Jim Lang on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Wednesday morning, was asked if the Raptors' recent run of success with Bargnani on the shelf had changed his opinion of the Italian forward and the Raptors general manager quickly leapt to his player's defence.

"I think Andrea's a big-time talent," Colangelo said. "I think he's often maligned and then misunderstood and I think he did show what he is capable of doing for this team last year in a pretty big sample size of games, fitting into the defensive system and doing what he needed to do on both ends of the floor."

Colangelo said he wouldn't discuss any trade possibilities surrounding Bargnani (or any other Raptor) but did seem amused by the steady stream of trade rumours that seem to surround his team.

"I'm not going to get into trade speculation on any one particular player," he explained. "I often find it entertaining to see how many people are willing to do that for us and put us into trades and draw foregone conclusions for us but at the end of the day, we need to do what's best for the team."

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