Just over a week remains until the Thunder plays their first game in Orlando at the NBA Bubble. Let’s talk about Danilo Gallinari who wears number 8 for OKC.
The Thunder acquired Gallinari via trade from the Clippers in 2019. This was the same trade that sent Paul George to LA in exchange for Gallinari, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, and five first-round draft picks.
Gallinari was coming off of a career high season in LA. He had an immediate impact in OKC upon his arrival. He was able to keep his momentum going from the previous season, shooting 40% from beyond the arc. When you combine that with the young and energetic Thunder roster, you can see why OKC exceeded expectations this year.
In his first year wearing a Thunder uniform, the small forward is averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.
Gallinari is another player on the roster who is a free agent in 2020. While it’s certainly possible he could look to join a contender in the off-season, I also believe OKC has a solid chance of keeping the veteran small forward.
Whatever his decision may be, he has made it clear he is focused on the remainder of this season. I certainly can’t wait to see what he brings to the table for the Thunder during the playoffs.
Danilo Gallinari, an unrestricted free agent after the season, said he never considered opting out of Orlando: "The main reason is we are fighting for something, and I think what we are fighting for and what we are playing for is more important than the free agency."— Royce Young (@royceyoung) July 3, 2020
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