The Atlanta Hawks are loading up for the 2020-21 NBA season, and their continue to bolster their roster with the addition of Danilo Gallinari, who ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports has agreed to a 3-year, $61.5 million deal with Atlanta.
Free agent F Danilo Gallinari is finalizing a three-year, $61.5M contract with the Atlanta Hawks, his agent Michael Tellem of CAA Sports tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Gallinari, who’ll be entering his 12th season in the NBA, played phenomenal last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 18.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 29.6 minutes per game. The 32-year-old forward was a consistent offensive threat, shooting nearly 41 percent from behind the arc — marking the third-highest of his career.
However, most importantly, Gallinari played an integral role in the Thunder’s surprising season in the 2019-2020 campaign. The Thunder weren’t expected to make the playoffs last season, however, with Gallinari’s stellar play, they finished fifth seed in the Western Conference with a record of 44-28.
Nevertheless, signing with the Hawks is a bit surprising move for Gallinari, considering that he said he wanted to play for a contender a few months ago.
“Next summer, when I will become free agent, I will privilege a team that can fight for the NBA Finals,” Gallinari said a few months ago, via Sportando.com.I won’t chase money, but the chance to play for the title. NBA taught me to be a more selfish player on the court but I have not really succeeded yet.”
Even though the Hawks won’t be contenders this season, they certainly have a shot at making the playoffs. The Hawks have an extremely bright future in Trae Young, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, and Kevin Huerter, and now Danilo Gallinari. Additionally, they’ll have a proven center in Clint Capela on the roster. With that being said, the Hawks will certainly be a ‘dark horse team’ now that they have Gallinari.
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