Fresh off an NBA Finals run, the Boston Celtics wasted no time continuing to improve their roster. The franchise was just a few players short of a championship last season and set on their quest to find them. Their two largest offseason additions have been Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari. Brogdon was received from the Pacers for a collection of young role players and is set to play a key role in the rotation. Danilo Gallinari was initially traded to the Spurs but agreed to a buyout with the organization. He then agreed to a two-year $13.2 million deal with the Celtics.
The 33-year-old showed excitement for his role with the new franchise. He flashed a surprising connection to the organization by revealing what a fan he was of Celtics legend Larry Bird during his opening press conference.
Danilo Gallinari: "I grew up with my dad, since I was a little kid, being a Celtics family. Huge Larry Bird fan. So, when the celtics came on the table, it was almost like a no-brainer."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 12, 2022
While it is awesome to see the connection to the franchise, this does not change expectations for Danilo Gallinari heading into the season. The former 6th overall pick is a career 38.1% three-point shooter and will be looked at to space the floor. There are some concerns about the defensive fit on the team. Gallinari will look to prove critics wrong and establish himself as a key part of the rotation. The Boston bench did not quite make the championship cut last season and adding Gallinari is hoped to change this.
Regardless, it is great to see the veteran endearing himself to Celtics fans so early in his tenure. He will ultimately be judged by whatever he does on the court, but the Danilo Gallinari era in Boston is off to a feel-good start.