NBA Rumors: Danilo Gallinari To Join Clippers Next Year?
Danilo Gallinari, the Denver Nuggets forward, could be leaning towards signing with the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency next year, per several sources.Advertisement
“I’ve been told the Clippers actually called Denver and offered Blake Griffin and Lance Stephenson for Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic. Denver turned it down because Blake will be a free agent after next season. Plus they like some of those young kids.”
At the time, Clippers coach-cum-president Doc Rivers denied the rumors.
The Clippers could be in a precarious position next summer since Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick are all unrestricted free agents. If the Clippers lose even one of the three, let alone all three, Rivers will aggressively pursue Gallinari as part of his new-look team.
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Danilo Gallinari to Clippers?
According to this Hoops Habit report, the Clippers could be forced to overpay for Gallinari since they could left with a ton of room if the likes of Griffin and Paul decide to walk away.
“The Clippers, however, could be left with a ton of cap room next season if free agents Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick decide to leave Los Angeles. Gallinari shouldn’t warrant a max contract but could be given one by the Clippers, who could be forced to go that route.”
The report also noted that the Clippers are desperate to add depth at the wing spot, having tried out the likes of Luc Mbah a Moute, Paul Pierce and Wesley Johnson at the small-forward position in recent years.
Last summer, Gallinari signed a two-year, $34 million extension with the Nuggets, with the intention to become a free agent in the summer of 2017. While many general managers are skeptical to hand a max contract to the injury-prone Gallinari, the Clippers could be forced to go that route.
Gallinari has missed an average of 32 games per season since entering the league in 2008. However, he is still viewed as one of the best scoring-wings in the league.
Last season, Danilo Gallinari averaged a career-high tally of 19.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.