The trade rumors surrounding the Hawks may be coming to a head. Wednesday is the final day before Danilo Gallinari‘s contract becomes guaranteed, which means if the team is looking to deal the veteran, it should be imminent unless the two sides can agree to push back the deadline. He’s been mentioned as one piece of a trade that would send Dejounte Murray to Atlanta, but more recently, he’s been mentioned as a trade candidate for the Heat and Celtics.
“Boston appears focused on high-scoring, small-ball forwards for the [Boston] Celtics’ mid-level,” Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report wrote. “They have been linked to Danilo Gallinari and T.J. Warren, among others. Gallinari is also expected to draw interest from Miami should it lose P.J. Tucker“
Gallo is 33 years old, but is still effective. Last season, the Italian big man averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 25.3 minutes per contest.
He’s been a solid player wherever he’s been. Whether it be in Denver, New York, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, or Atlanta, Gallo has been a bucket. He’s relatively immobile but can still give you effort on the defensive end, can consistently get his own shot, and is a reliable spot-up shooter anywhere on the court.
I’ve really loved what Gallinari has provided for the Hawks over the last couple of seasons, but the team is headed in a different direction. Regardless if he’s a part of the Murray, Spurs deal, it seems Gallo will be on another team for the 2022-23 season.
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