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Grading Danilo Gallinari’s 2-year, $13 million deal with Celtics in 2022 NBA free agency

NBA, 2022 NBA Free Agency, Celtics, Ime Udoka, Danilo Gallinari

The Boston Celtics scored high when they scored Danilo Gallinari.

It’s obvious that the Celtics needed scoring punch off the bench, and that’s exactly what they can expect from Gallinari. He will be 34 when he begins the season in green and white up in the Northwest, but the Italian sensation doesn’t need to carry much of the scoring load in Boston. They already have Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for that.

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What coach Ime Udoka wants is for Gallo to spell the starters without a major dip in offensive potency.

The team’s lack of bench production was greatly exposed in the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Sure, Tatum, Brown, Marcus Smart, and even Al Horford could score in bunches, but they need someone to add depth to their supporting cast.

Grading Danilo Gallinari’s Celtics Deal In 2022 NBA Free Agency

Grade for Celtics: B+

Payton Pritchard, Grant Williams, and Derrick White formed a respectable second unit for the Celtics, but in the finals against truly elite competition, they clearly needed more.

This is why Gallinari’s entry to Boston seems so intriguing. Truth be told, there are numerous reasons to describe this as a very good signing. Danilo Gallinari as a bench piece for the Boston Celtics would move the needle for this team.

Keep in mind that sometimes, the Celtics have scoring dry spells. Gallo should help address that. Last year, he put up 11.7 points per game (43.4 FG%/38.1 3P%/90.4 FT%) in 25.3 minutes per game for the Atlanta Hawks. He also had impressive 43-38-90 shooting splits. He’s the kind of shooter Boston needed, and now they have him.

He has been averaging double-figures in scoring since his second NBA season. The Celtics know they can count on him to make those long-range shots.

Maybe the only downside is Gallo’s defense. But in a team with such a stark defensive identity, maybe the Celtics’ intensity on that side of the court will rub off. Gallinari would probably be Boston’s worst defender anytime he’s on the floor. That’s just the truth.

It is also worth noting that the Boston Celtics can financially afford Gallinari. The Celtics did not have to break the bank for him.

Grade for Danilo Gallinaro: B+

Gallo wants to be in a position to win a championship. The Boston Celtics were just two wins away from the title earlier this year, and maybe Gallinari can help Ime Udoka’s squad return to the Finals as a much deeper team.

Also, looking at his career, this really does look like his best chance to maybe get a championship. The Celtics may not appear on many peoples’ favorites list, but objectively speaking, Boston can still be among the NBA’s elite next season.

Netting $13 million is also huge for Gallinari. That’s a step down from the $21.5 million he would have earned this season before the buyout. But for a veteran who’ll come off the bench and won’t have to be among the top 4 or even 5 scoring options on a championship-contending team, that was a good deal for the Italian.