Clippers Acquire Gallinari

July 4 2017

The Clippers acquired forward Danilo Gallinari on Monday in a 3-team trade that included the Hawks and Nuggets.  Gallinari signed a 3-year $65 million contract with LA as part of the trade.

The Hawks will receive Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, and a 2018 1st round pick, which was acquired last week from the Rockies.  The Nuggets will receive a 2019 2nd round pick from Atlanta, which it previously acquired from Washington.

the 6’10 Gallinari averaged 18.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and shot 38% from 3-point land last season.  He’s capable of playing both the 3 and the 4, which means the Clippers envision a front line that includes Gallinari, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.

The 28-year-old is a floor spacing shooter, who the Clippers have tried to acquire for years.

The most notable cost of the deal for the Clippers was Crawford, who has spent the last five seasons with the team.  The 37-year-old is a three-time Six Man of The Year, and has played 17 seasons in the league.  He averaged 12.3 points on 41% shooting last year off the bench for LA.

Crawford is due to make $14.2 million next season, and $14.5 million the year after that, but only $3 million of it is guaranteed.  He is reportedly seeking a buyout from the Hawks, and prefers to join the Lakers according to Marc Spears of The Undefeated.

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