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UPDATED: 12:45, July 02, 2006
Raptors sign top pick Bargnani
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The Toronto Raptors signed their first-round draft choice, Italy's forward Andrea Bargnani to his rookie scale contract on Saturday.

Under the NBA's rookie scale, Bargnani will make 7.78 million U.S. dollars in the first two years of the deal that runs through 2007-08, reports from Toronto said.

Bargnani, the first European taken first overall in the NBA Draft, will now join the Raptors Las Vegas summer league team from July 6-14.

The 2.11-meter, 20-year-old has already played three years with Benetton Treviso of the Italian league, averaging 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds.

The signing of Bargnani continued the busy offseason for the rebuilding Raptors under first-year general manager Bryan Colangelo.

Colangelo made another move to reshape the club's roster Friday night when he traded Charlie Villanueva - the seventh overall pick in 2005 - to the Milwaukee Bucks for speedy point guard T.J. Ford.

Earlier this offseason, Colangelo traded for Slovenian center Rasho Nesterovic, hired Maurizio Gherardini as his assistant and received assurances from Spanish forward Jorge Garbajosa that he would join the team.

Colangelo also dealt Rafael Araujo, the eighth overall pick in 2004, to the Utah Jazz.

Source: Xinhua

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