Danilo Gallinari wants to finish career in Italy
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari will be a free agent after this season, and he does not know what is in store for him in terms of his NBA future.
However, Gallinari does know where he wants to finish his career: in his home country of Italy.
Gallinari recently said he would like to return home to play for Olimpia Milano in the EuroLeague before he retires from the game (via Sportnado):
In an interview with the Italian radio station Radio 1 Rai, OKC Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari says he wants to finish his career in Italy with Olimpia Milano, the team he played for before he made the jump to the NBA.
“Absolutely, it would be great to play a couple of seasons at a high level in the EuroLeague and win with that team. I’d like to finish my career in this way.”
Gallinari played four seasons with Milano before he was selected by the New York Knicks with the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He has also played for the Italian national team on a number of different occasions.
The Thunder acquired Gallinari from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the Paul George trade, and the 31-year-old has played a big role in the team’s success this season.
Gallinari was averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting nearly 41 percent from beyond the arc through his first 55 games prior to the suspension of play.
While OKC might not be in the best position to re-sign Gallinari in the offseason, he is likely to be among the most highly sought-after wings on the market.