Free agent forward Danilo Gallinari is taking his talents to Atlanta, as he’s decided to sign a three-year, $61.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Gallinari was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the Los Angeles Clippers ahead of the 2019-20 season and finished the final year of his $64 million contract.
Gallinari was selected by the New York Knicks with the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft but was traded to the Denver Nuggets after his third season in the Big Apple. The Italian swingman flourished as a versatile scorer out West and was dealt to the Clippers in 2017-18 before becoming a valuable piece in the trade that sent Paul George to Los Angeles ahead of last season. Gallinari averaged 18.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while sjooting 40.5 percent from three as the fourth scoring option on a guard-centric team. He could prove to be more valuable to the Hawks in a more prominent role.
Gallo joins a very interesting roster in Atlanta. The Hawks just drafted C Onyeka Okongwu with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. On top of that, Atlanta has PF John Collins and C Clint Capela, as well as a slew of young wings on rookie deals — Cam Reddish, DeAndre Hunter, Kevin Huerter. It also helps that Young and Collins are still on friendly deals. So adding Gallinari, who is one of the better 3-point shooters in the NBA, is a huge move for a team looking to break into the playoff picture.
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The addition of Gallinari will give the Hawks another perimeter scoring threat next to Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, and Trae Young. At the same time, Gallo should have more room on the floor to operate playing with the third-year point guard. As previously mentioned, Gallinari really came into his own in OKC last season, posting career highs across the board.
Last season, he shot an incredible 40.5 percent from 3-point range on a healthy 8.2 attempts per game. The veteran forward can certainly do this again, playing with other perimeter scoring threats.