New York Knicks Bringing Back Danilo Gallinari
Are the New York Knicks bringing back Danilo Gallinari? That appears to be the plan for this coming summer.
The Oklahoma City Thunder ultimately opted not to trade away Gallinari before the NBA trade deadline. The Miami Heat were said to have serious interest in him, but unfortunately a deal could not get done.
That said, he is likely not long for Oklahoma City.
According to Michael Scotto of the Bleacher Report, Gallinari could land back with the Knicks this summer.
With the departure of Steve Mills and hiring of CAA legend Leon Rose, there is a decent chance of a reunion. Gallinari’s agent Michael Tellem and Rose worked very closely back in the day, making the odds of a deal happening even better.
Gallinari is having a tremendous season this year. So far he is averaging 19.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per outing while shooting nearly 41 percent from behind the arc.
One of the big reasons why the Thunder have been so surprisingly good in 2020, along with Chris Paul’s leadership, has been Gallinari’s play.
Gallinari was originally drafted by New York back in 2008 and famously got traded to the Denver Nuggets in a trade for Carmelo Anthony three years later.
The 31-year-old could serve as a replacement of sorts for the loss of Marcus Morris, who the Knicks traded to the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the trade deadline.
New York is currently 13-37 through 50 games and sits at No. 13 in the Eastern Conference.
Amazingly enough, even with that horrible record, New York is only six games back of the Orlando Magic for the No. 8 seed and a potential playoff berth.