Potential Lakers Free-Agent Goal Seems Headed to Dallas: Report


Danilo Gallinari, right, was a wish-list free agent for the Los Angeles Lakers


Danilo Gallinari, proper, was a wish-list free agent for the Los Angeles Lakers

Properly, cross one potential cut price star off the record of potential Lakers targets. Ahead Danilo Gallinari could possibly be headed to the Mavericks in a draft-night commerce that will see the Mavs surrender the No. 18 choose to the Thunder, in response to former agent-turned-reporter Matt Babcock.

The deal would give the Mavericks a three-pronged Euro assault, with Gallinari becoming a member of forces with star guard Luka Doncic and middle Kristaps Porzingis.

For a lot of the day, Gallinari appeared destined for Atlanta, the place he was rumored to be becoming a member of Lakers reserve guard Rajon Rondo because the Hawks try to make the leap from rebuilding franchise to playoff contender. It’s nonetheless attainable that Gallinari winds up with the Hawks.

However the important thing in each potential transactions is that Gallinari, slated to be an unrestricted free agent on Friday, can be dealt on a sign-and-trade, which assures that he will be paid greater than the midlevel exception. As a result of the Thunder have Gallinari’s Fowl Rights, they’re allowed to signal him to a deal impartial of the wage cap. The Fowl Rights would switch with him in a sign-and-trade.

Which means Gallinari will be paid way more than the $9 million accessible within the mid-level exception, taking the Lakers out of the working for his companies. If the Lakers have been to signal him, it could be as a free agent for some a part of the mid-level exception. L.A. doesn’t have the property accessible to do a sign-and-trade with the Thunder.

Gallinari Hinted at Curiosity In Los Angeles Lakers

There was some hope that Gallinari can be prepared to take a steep low cost to hitch the Lakers. That hope was fueled by two issues—one, an interview through which Gallinari mentioned he that cash was not a very powerful side of his free company, and two, a social media submit from final month through which he oddly congratulated the Lakers on their championship.

Gallinari mentioned in October that he was prioritizing taking part in for a contender over a payday. “Presently, sure,” he mentioned, in response to Sportando. “I’m not 20 anymore.”

That remark caught the curiosity of Lakers followers, keen to seek out cut price acquisitions prepared to return to L.A. to fill out the group’s skinny rotation.

A extra blatant sign that Gallinari could be a future Laker, although, was the tweet Gallinari despatched out congratulating the group—not one thing gamers sometimes do, particularly not main upcoming free brokers. Gallinari virtually appeared desirous to be a Lakers goal.

Gallinari Has a Lengthy Harm Historical past

It could be that Gallinari steering away from the Lakers has extra to do with the perspective of L.A. than with Gallinari.

He’s 32 years outdated, which supplies some across the league pause about how whether or not he’s worthy of a large long-term contract. There’s additionally a query about sturdiness. Gallinari suffered an ACL harm in 2013 that saved him out for a full 12 months and has had a litany of accidents even earlier than—and since—he damage his knee.

Even should you take away the season through which his knee was damage, Gallinari missed 183 video games in 11 years, a mean of 16.6 video games per season. He missed 10 this season in OKC, 14 two years in the past with the Clippers and 61 three years in the past when he suffered accidents to his hand and rear finish. Any group that brings in Gallinari then, will achieve this at its personal peril—it’s unlikely he can be wholesome for the length.

However when he’s on the ground, Gallinari may be very helpful, a mannequin European stretch-4. He’s a profession 38.0% shooter from the 3-point arc and has shot 41.8% on 3s within the final two seasons. He averaged 18.7 factors with the Thunder final season.

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