Danilo Gallinari Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Nuggets SF

February 15th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

The Denver Nuggets as currently constructed aren't a playoff contender, and they need a significant shake-up in order to turn their fortunes around. Trading small forward Danilo Gallinari could enable that necessary reshuffle.

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Gallinari Included in Potential Trade for Blake Griffin Monday, Feb. 15According to ESPN's Chris Broussard (via Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders), the Los Angeles Clippers offered the Nuggets a trade for Blake Griffin and Lance Stephenson, with Gallinari one of four players going the other way. Center Nikola Jokic, shooting guard Will Barton and power forward Kenneth Faried were those joining Gallinari in the proposed deal.

Acquiring Griffin would be a major coup for the Nuggets, but in the scenario presented, Denver is giving up too much in order to make the trade happen. Jokic, Faried and Gallinari are all starters, while Barton is the team's second-leading scorer. The cupboard would be pretty bare in the Mile High City, somewhat offsetting the impact of Griffin's arrival.

On its own, though, trading Gallinari isn't a bad idea for general manager Tim Connelly.

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