RUMOR: Danilo Gallinari interested in 2-year deals offered by East teams
After general manager Sam Presti basically went to work and completely overhauled the Oklahoma City Thunder roster yet again, it seems that another key piece on their NBA roster might be on his way out.
One year after being traded to the Thunder from the Los Angeles Clippers, forward Danilo Gallinari is looking to put on a different uniform next season as the vet continues to rebuild his 15-season career in the league. According to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, the Italian is leaning to signing a potential two-year deal with two Eastern Conference teams.
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The 32-year old had quite the season in his first year in OKC, as he ended up averaging 18.7 points per game at an impressive 43.8 percent shooting clip. He also started all of his games with the Thunder, including their seven-game series against the Houston Rockets in the first round of the postseason.
With key players like Dennis Schroder and Chris Paul finalizing their respective deals to switch teams, the Thunder look to rebuild ahead of the 2020-21 season and there might not be a ton of space for a seasoned vet like Gallinari to complement a young OKC core.
Though it wasn’t mentioned which specific teams are coming close to signing the former sixth overall pick, there have been a few teams from the East who have been linked with Danilo Gallinari. The Toronto Raptors have been one of those teams, and with a couple of big guys in their current roster who might be on their way out as well, Nick Nurse’s offense would surely benefit from a shooter like Gallo.
The Miami Heat have also been shopping around for another scorer to help them improve on last year’s runner-up finish. Adding a potent scorer like Gallinari should help spread the floor even more for Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, who already has the services of their lethal shooters in Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson.
Last but not the least, the Milwaukee Bucks should also be considered as one of the favorites to snag the 6-foot-10 shooter. The Bucks are trying their best to support Giannis Antetokounmpo with enough pieces for them to compete for an NBA title, and throwing in Gallinari into the mix should be a healthy addition to their new roster who will now be spearheaded by their new point guard Jrue Holiday.