Danilo Gallinari Trade Rumors: 76ers, Mavs Among Playoff Teams Eyeing Thunder F

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2020

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As he's enjoying a productive season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Danilo Gallinari is garnering interest throughout the NBA as the Feb. 6 trade deadline nears.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported the Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks are among the teams with postseason ambitions that have Gallinari on their radar.

The Thunder sit seventh in the Western Conference, five games ahead of the eighth-seeded San Antonio Spurs, so they may not be looking to offload Gallinari.

The 31-year-old is in the final year of his contract, though, and Oklahoma City may not be looking to re-sign him as it looks toward the future. The Paul George and Russell Westbrook trades seemingly foreshadowed a total rebuild based on the draft picks OKC received from the moves.

Gallinari also laid out his priorities this summer as the 2019-20 season neared.

"Next summer, when I will become free agent, I will privilege a team that can fight for the [NBA] Finals," he said to Italian newspaper Il Foglio (h/t Sportando). "I won't chase money, but the chance to play for the title. NBA taught me to be a more selfish player on the court but I have not really succeeded yet."

The Thunder are unlikely to be in that position for 2020-21.

Assuming he gets moved in the next few weeks, Gallinari would be a great fit on the Sixers or Mavericks.

He's averaging 19.0 points while shooting 40.8 percent from three-point range. His floor-spacing is sorely needed for Philadelphia, which is 23rd in made three-pointers (10.8 per game) and 17th in three-point percentage (35.4).

From a cap perspective, the Sixers would also have Gallinari's Bird rights, an important distinction for a team that's projected to have the league's highest payroll ($149.8 million), per Spotrac.

The Mavericks, meanwhile, could use Gallinari even more after Dwight Powell ruptured his Achilles tendon. The two players have different skill sets, but adding a proven power forward would allow Dallas to move Maxi Kleber back to the bench.

O'Conner also reported the Mavs remain interested in Andre Iguodala and have discussed a Robert Covington trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.


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