Danilo Gallinari is an impending free agent and it appears he's already set on leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder. In a Twitter post on Tuesday morning, Gallinari asked his followers where he should play next, which led Jusuf Nurkic to respond.
📍 Where to next? pic.twitter.com/oWxB7npu3S
— DANILO GALLINARI (@gallinari8888) October 20, 2020
Following the post by Gallinari, Nurkic left the comment “Brate” with an emoji, signifying his opinion on where he should play next. Brate means brother in Serbian, possibly showing that Gallinari and Nurkic could be close friends off of the court.
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) October 20, 2020
Throughout his career, Gallinari has played for the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his lone season with the Thunder in 2019, Gallinari proved he can still be a key contributor for a contending team in the NBA.
The veteran small forward compiled 18.7 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from three-point range. His ability to play small forward or the stretch four position could entice some teams when NBA free agency gets underway.
Earlier this month, Gallinari shared that as he heads into free agency, he values winning a championship more than anything else. He's made an abundance of money over the course of his career, but he's trying to add some hardware to his accolades.
Given that, joining Nurkic on the Portland Trailblazers could be a possibility for Gallinari this offseason. The Trailblazers were able to sneak into the playoffs this past season, only to be eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
For the past few years, Portland has seemingly been missing a few pieces in their quest for an NBA title. Maybe Danilo Gallinari could be one of those missing pieces, giving the Trailblazers a better chance of competing in the tough Western Conference.