By Harvey Hoffman
Add 6-10 Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari to the list of trade prospects the Sixers are considering, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.com.
Multiple playoff teams have expressed interest in the Thunder forward, including the Mavericks and Sixers, according to league sources. Gallinari is a potent scorer everywhere on the court, in any play type—whether he’s posting up, isolating, or in the pick-and-roll as a screener or ball handler.
Though Gallinari, 31, has never been an All-Star, he’s played like one this season in Oklahoma City and last season with the Clippers. Gallinari can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but few teams will have cap space, and most of them will be younger teams unlikely to pursue players in their 30s. The team that retains him heading into the summer will have a significant advantage in keeping him since they’ll have his Bird rights, and thus the ability to offer a more lucrative deal. Dallas may not have enough assets to acquire Gallinari if OKC decides to trade him, but he’s a dynamic player that the team should pursue.
As O’Connor notes, Gallinari has been one of the best offensive players in the league below the All-Star tier over the last couple of seasons.
At 6-10, Gallinari is averaging 19.1 PPG and 5.8 RPG for the Thunder.