Execs don’t think it’d be difficult for Clippers to find a trade suitor for Danilo Gallinari if they wanted to move him
Front office executives reportedly don’t think it’d be a challenge for the Los Angeles Clippers to find a trade suitor for small forward Danilo Gallinari if they wanted to move him this summer, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
The Clippers will have cap space this summer to sign a max contract player. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler all become free agents this summer. The Clippers have been heavily linked to Leonard, who is from the California area.
However, there have been rumors circulating that the Clippers want to go big and sign Leonard and Durant. For that to happen, LA would need to trade Gallinari and his $22,615,559 expiring contract.
Front office executives I’ve chatted with don’t think it’d be challenging to find a suitor for Gallo; he’s on an expiring contract and just had a career-best season. Not many teams could outright absorb his $22.6 million salary, but a few make sense, such as the Nets or Mavericks, or a club looking to accelerate their rebuild like the Hawks, or a playoff team looking to get over the hump like the Jazz or Pacers. The Clippers could have to sacrifice a future pick for a team to help them create two maximum slots, but that’d be a worthy price to pay.
Gallinari averaged 19.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season for the Clippers.
He shot 46.3 percent from the field, 43.3 percent from beyond the arc and 90.4 percent from the free-throw line. The Clippers lost to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs in six games.