Hawks, Gallinari near $61.5M deal, agent says


Danilo Gallinari is the latest Oklahoma City Thunder veteran on the move.

The free-agent forward is finalizing a three-year, $61.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, his agent Michael Tellem of CAA Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Over the past week, the retooling Thunder have made multiple moves, including sending Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, Dennis Schroder to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Golden State Warriors, Ricky Rubio to the Minnesota Timberwolves and a trade acquiring Al Horford from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Gallinari, 32, is coming off a season in which he missed just 10 games, his fewest since playing in 81 games in 2009-10, his second NBA season.

The 6-10 forward averaged 18.7 points and 5.2 rebounds while making 40.5% from 3-point range last season. Valued for his scoring, shooting and locker room presence, Gallinari was nearly traded to Miami at last year’s trade deadline before the deal fell apart.

Gallinari has played for the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers and Thunder in his 12 seasons and has been traded three times, most recently as part of the blockbuster deal that sent Paul George to the Clippers in July 2019. Gallinari helped the Thunder exceed expectations by finishing fifth in the Western Conference before they took the Houston Rockets to seven games in a tight first-round series.

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