Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has recently been the subject of trade rumors, and last week the 28-year-old Italian offered up a juicy tidbit about possibly getting traded prior to the 2016 trade deadline.
Gallinari provided this revelation during a press conference in Italy. When asked a question about his playing future and potentially returning to Italy sometime down the road, he snuck in a line about refusing a deal at the deadline (via Denver Stiffs):
In Denver I am very well, there was a chance last year to go to some other team before the deadline in February, but I refused. If I return to Italy would be back to Olympia but with the intention of winning, I don’t like the idea of nostalgic revisiting.
There weren’t any specifics given, and Gallinari’s lack of a no-trade clause would suggest that he didn’t flat out refuse a deal that was on the table, and perhaps he just told the front office he didn’t want to be traded. The Nuggets probably could’ve gone ahead with a deal if they really wanted, but clearly nothing good enough materialized. The Boston Celtics were reported to be interested in Gallo.
Gallinari enjoyed his most productive campaign in 2015-16…when he was on the floor. Injuries have plagued the forward throughout his career, and he only appeared in 53 games last season. He’s only managed to reach the 70-game mark twice in his seven-year career.
But again, Gallinari put up good numbers when he did play, averaging a career-high 19.5 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He just signed a two-year extension worth over $31 million, although he has a player option for 2017-18.
Gallinari has value and could bring a nice return to a Nuggets team that’s facing a bit of a roster logjam, but for now he’s looking forward to the team taking a step up in the standings next season.