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Sam Amick: In this deal, which is nearing its finish, Gallinari would likely land starting salary of $20 million in first year. Hawks would get a 1st.
Bill Oram: Told that Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers deal is close to happening. As @Adrian Wojnarowski noted, would need to be a sign and trade.
Sam Amick: George Hill is still an option for Denver as well, as the Nuggets are trying to clear space that would help w/ Hill/Danilo Gallinari et al
Brad Turner: Clippers meeting with Danilo Gallinari "went well" today, per source. Clippers have just $8.4 million to offer. Gallinari opted out of $16.1 million deal for next season with Denver.
While some of the Clippers’ top targets came off the board early in free agency, the franchise has remained committed to pursuing Denver forward Danilo Gallinari, although such a deal could require finding a third team to facilitate a sign-and-trade.
Clippers’ executives spoke to the 28-year-old Gallinari on Sunday and tried to sell him on a revamped lineup that includes the re-signed Blake Griffin and newly acquired point guard Patrick Beverley. It’s unclear how much Gallinari, who made $15.5 million last season, is looking for in his next contract, but it’s certainly more than the $8.4 million mid-level exception the Clippers could offer.
Sam Amick: With Suns pulling out of Paul Millsap pursuit, I'm told Denver meets w/ him tonight in Atl. Gallinari still very much in play for Nugs too.
Denver has reached out to George Hill since the free agency period started but the Knicks have not yet, per league sources. Denver has serious interest in Hill but would need to create cap space to sign the point guard. The club can do that by letting Danilo Gallinari walk in free agency.
Bill Oram: Expect Clippers to now turn attention to Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala. Hard to see MLE getting it done, but can always clear space.
But expect Gallinari to garner a Plan A-type price tag. According to NBA front-office executives, when free agency hits at the crack of Saturday morning, Gallinari will be seeking something in the range of a nine-figure payday over four years. “From what we understand, he is looking for something similar to Parsons, a Chandler Parsons-type contract” one GM told Sporting News last week. “There is a lot of risk there, but that’s where the market is. Get past those first few free agents, and he is going to be next in line pretty quick.”
Danilo Gallinari is ready for the upcoming free agency. The Italian forward opted out of his contract with the Nuggets to test free agency. But his goal is to re-sign with Denver. “Free agency is something new to me” Gallinari told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I will have a lot of meetings and I am curious to see what the teams are going to offer me” the forward said. “My goal is to remain in Denver. And I will have with the Nuggets one of the first meetings. They have the priority, I want to talk to them and listen to their offer. Nuggets are my first option”.
Gallinari spoke with Premium Sport about his future. Il Gallo opted out of his contract with the Nuggets to become free agent from July 1. “Nuggets are not my first choice but they are exactly at the same level of the other teams. Denver’s advantage is that they can offer me a five-year contract while other franchises can offer me a four-year deal. Nuggets are at the same level of the others” Gallinari said.
Tim Connelly on what role forward Danilo Gallinari‘s free agency will play in any draft decisions: “Very little. We’re not in the place now were we can draft specific to need. Whoever we draft, whether it be No. 13 or we move up or we move down, it would be hard for them to have a significant role next season. So very little.”
Bobby Marks: Gallinari has a $22.5m cap hold when FA begins. Nuggets have $5.2m in room with the flexibility (cap holds/Mike Miller) to create more.
Il Gallo has a $16.1 million player option for next season that he is not expected to pick. Gallinari will opt out of his contract to test free agency but his goal is to sign a new deal with the Nuggets. "The relationship between me, the city and the organization is great. This is the reason why I would love to reach an agreement to remain in Denver. I love it here. And I would love to remain with the Nuggets" Gallinari said.
Gallinari said Thursday that he’ll take some down time before tackling choices pertaining to his NBA future. “It’s not time right now to make the decision,” he said. “Right now it’s time to digest the fact that we were not able to accomplish the goal that I had and we had at the beginning of the season. After that, it’s time to go on vacation a little bit, rest the body — and after that I’m going to make a decision.”
His familiarity with the area and the organization will carry weight when he decides what to do, he said. “As you guys know, it’s tough for me to leave Denver,” Gallinari said. “It’s my city. I love the city. I have a house here. After my career is over, Denver is going to be my city. It’s very tough for me to leave, so we’ll see.”
Will that leave the Nuggets with enough financial flexibility to match what other teams in need of a high-scoring forward would be willing to pay for Gallinari? “The market will dictate a ton of that,” Nuggets manager Tim Connelly said. “But, certainly, Gallo and the organization have made no secret about how much they enjoy each other.”
Meanwhile, the Nuggets will take a wait-and-see approach with forward Danilo Gallinari. The veteran can opt out of the final year of his contract and test the market as an unrestricted free agent this summer. At that time, the Nuggets will be one of the teams in the mix for his services. “I think it’s no secret we really value Gallo, both as a player and as a person,” Connelly said. “So, with free agency, if he does choose to opt out there’s a lot of unknowns. How does the market develop? What do the various teams look like that are chasing him? What does he want in terms of contract and years; all of those things will certainly play a role. It would be premature of me to guess. He’s a guy that we value, he’s had a great year.”
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