Following the Jusuf Nurkic–Mason Plumlee exchange between the Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers, the Mile High City will likely be willing to move small forward Danilo Gallinari as the next one on the list, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Among the ones interested in obtaining the Italian long-range threat are the L.A. Clippers and Toronto Raptors, who have kept tabs on Gallinari and his availability amid a strong belief the Nuggets will be ready to move him if the right offer comes along.
A fresh start for the Nuggets would make plenty of sense after the 28-year-old forward is expected to bypass his final season at $16.1 million and look for more money elsewhere — especially with a much more generous CBA coming into play at the end of the season.
The Clippers have a defensive stud in Luc Mbah a Moute, but one that lacks skill at the offensive end, putting that much more pressure on the rest of the team to put points on the board. Gallinari is a proven scorer, coming off two excellent years in this and the last — hovering around 18 points per game between the two.
The Raptors are lacking much-needed outside shooting, with DeMar DeRozan being a reluctant shooter from beyond the arc, and a starting lineup that gets most of its points from two-point baskets. Gallinari, a career 37 percent three-point shooter, can make up said deficit if put on the right spot in the lineup.
Denver remains committed in cutting assets and only paying those who are indeed a part of the team’s future, starting with dynamic center Nikola Jokic as the centerpiece of the franchise.