The Boston Celtics are still sitting on a ton of assets and haven’t made a big splash this summer, but Danny Ainge did talk to the Denver Nuggets about a possible Danilo Gallinari trade, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. While the discussions didn’t go anywhere, Bulpett says the talks could “be revived,” and perhaps the Wilson Chandler extension helps spur conversation.
Gallinari was reportedly made available for a trade right before the draft, and that’s when the majority of the trade talks happened with Boston. The Celtics have a lot of quality young players and draft assets that could be enticing for the Nuggets as the team moves forward under new head coach Mike Malone.
Gallinari’s been plagued by knee injuries the past few seasons, but the 27-year-old looked like his old self during the second half of last year. He averaged 18.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 44.3 percent overall and 40.4 percent from three after the All-Star break. That great stretch included a 47-point showing in one of the last games of the season.
Gallinari has one year left on his contract at $11.56 million. There would certainly be some risk trading for Gallinari because of his injury history, but if things didn’t work out next year, the Celtics could just move on. Boston has enough assets where that worst-case scenario of him leaving after one year may not hurt that much if it happened.