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RUMOR: Mavs were this close to Danilo Gallinari trade at deadline

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The Dallas Mavericks were relatively quiet at the trade deadline this past February, though not for lack of trying. Donnie Nelson and the Mavs were apparently on the verge of trading for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari. However, according to RealGM, the deal fell apart when “Gallo” suggested he would not sign an extension with the team:

The Dallas Mavericks had a trade in place with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the trade deadline for Danilo Gallinari, but the deal fell through when he signaled he would test free agency and not agree to an extension.

This is almost the exact same scenario the Miami Heat experienced.

Miami reportedly had a package for Gallinari involving Kendrick Nunn, Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson the Thunder were willing to accept. However, Gallinari would not commit to an extension.

It would seem “Gallo” was intent on seeing his worth on the open market, a somewhat curious decision given some of the uncertainties stemming from the financial fallout of COVID-19.

Still, it bears wondering whether the Mavs will attempt some kind of sign-and-trade to bring Gallinari on board.

Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday Nelson and the Mavs are open to trading anyone not named Luka Doncic or Kristaps Porzingis in an effort to bolster the roster.

Perhaps Gallinari would be the perfect stretch big to partner with Luka in pick-and-pop, much as Porzingis figures to be going forward. However, Gallinari is not the best defender, and the Mavs are notably hoping to add toughness.