After all that back and forth about Danilo Gallinari having to be included in a deal for Carmelo Anthony, the former Knicks forward has landed in Denver with the Nuggets. But will he be there for long?
Apparently there is a chance Denver will turn around and ship Gallinari out of town before Thursday’s deadline. Gallinari has been rumored to be a part of a deal with the Nets, one that may now have fallen apart, but another team going hard after the Italian sharpshooter is the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers have been looking to upgrade at the small forward spot. They reportedly offering a first-round pick in return for Gallinari. The pick was acquired from Minnesota in the Marko Jaric trade. The pick is top 10 protected in 2011, but unprotected in 2012.
Gallinari is averaging 15.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game this season. He’s become a solid NBA player and he’s only 22, so he has a bright future. He could be a great piece for the Nuggets in their rebuilding process. If they decide to keep him.
Personally, I’d find it hilarious that after all the work Denver did to ensure Gallinari was included in the deal, they just turned around and shipped him elsewhere.
The Clippers would probably have to offer more than just a first rounder for Gallinari, but an expiring contract like Rasual Butler or Craig Smith plus the pick might get it done.