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Thunder’s Danilo Gallinari undergoes appendectomy

Danilo Gallinari, Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari went through a successful appendectomy this week, the Italian Basketball Federation announced. Despite the setback, Gallinari will still suit up for Italy in the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

According to Eurohoops, the Italian forward already missed the Trentino Cup and will miss the Verona Tournament. Gallinari, however, is expected to be fully healthy in time for the World Cup, which will begin on Aug. 31.

Italy is in Group D along with Serbia, Philippines, and Angola. They will square off against the Philippines on Day 1, followed by Nikola Jokic and the Serbians, and then Angola.

Gallinari was traded this offseason to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the package that landed the LA Clippers superstar forward Paul George. The 30-year-old will be in the final year of his current deal this upcoming season, which means he will be a free agent next summer.

Gallinari recently spoke about how he wants to join a contender when his contract expires next summer. It seems like the 30-year-old is prioritizing winning more than anything at this point in his career.

Gallinari arguably had the best year of his career with the Clippers last season. He posted career bests in scoring (19.8), rebounds (6.1), and field goal percentage (46.3 percent) in 2018-19.

Gallinari is perfect for today’s NBA as a reliable stretch 4 who can also create shots for himself. Should he replicate his level of play with Oklahoma City in 2019-20, expect the top contenders to line up and go after him next summer.