After making $23.3 million in two injury-plagued seasons with the Knicks, Andrea Bargnani told an Italian newspaper he would have played for the Nets "for free."

Bargnani signed a two-year deal for the league minimum with the Nets after rebuffing a contract for more money from the Sacramento Kings. The first year is for $1.4 million and the second is a player option.

"I would have done it for free because the money at this time has no importance," Bargnani told il Fatto Quotidiano.

Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, wants to prove himself again after a disappointing stint with the Knicks.

He was acquired in 2013 for a hefty price to be the second option alongside Carmelo Anthony, but Bargnani never became that player.

The 7-foot power forward played just 42 games his first season and then a career-low 29 last year. He averaged 13.9 points in 71 games for the Knicks, who sent a 2016 first-round pick and two second-round selections to Toronto in their package for Bargnani. He has missed 191 games in the past five seasons.

Bargnani will have a different role and less pressure on him with the Nets. He will come off the bench to spell either Thaddeus Young or Brook Lopez, and hopes to resurrect his career.

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"I just hope to be able to have a decent playing time, scoring as many points and exceed goals, as I always have," Bargnani said. "I don't think I have been lucky. Luck is good health that allows you to show your talent at the right time. The rest is the work. I made choices, risky indeed and I intend to continue to risk. I accept all criticism, I'm living in a dream."