Where does it actually say Gallo wants out of Oklahoma?
Obviously, all NBA players blather on about their current happiness, loyalty etc. then behind the scenes have every other team on speed dial...
But our Gallo doesn’t have a track record of seeking out successful teams... He actually started out at the Knicks!
Now, I know that wasn’t his choice - or anyone’s anymore - but from there he moved on up, joining the mile-high club in Denver for seven mixed seasons - although he only officially played six, after sitting 2013-2014 out injured.
Actually, if you add up all the games he played for Denver (224) it’s less than three total seasons worth... Overall, in his NBA career, Gallo has missed roughly a third of scheduled regular-season games... And that’s excluding the 82-game season he didn’t suit-up...
In 2017, Gallinari finally escaped the Colorado curse and resurfaced at the Clippers. Unfortunately, he found himself third-string in a top heavy squad, behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
The team then put up a respectable 42-40 winning record, but missed the playoffs. Also unlucky - yet again - was Gallo. He only graced the floor for 21 games in 2017-2018, due to hand and glute injuries. However, he didn’t stay butt hurt for long, bouncing back the very next year to have his best-ever season, averaging career highs in both points (19.8) and PER (21).
Without the big contracts and distractions of Blake and DeAndre, the Clips also surprised all and sundry by earning a 48-34 record - advancing to the playoffs for only the third time in our homie’s epic 13 year odyssey.
Last year’s Clippers were a well-coached team of overachieving dark horses, but never likely champions... And, the moment they became real contenders, our Italian friend got shipped out to Oklahoma...
In actual-factual summary, in 13 unlucky years, Gallo has only ever played three playoff series, never advancing further than the first round...
A long and relatively unsuccessful career at relatively unsuccessful franchises... The Thunder are by far the winning-est team he’s been on. Historically we’re 5th for overall NBA win percentages, Denver are 16th, the Knicks are 18th, Toronto 21st, and the Clippers are languishing at 29th, barely ahead of the last placed Timberwolves.
So where does all the wants to play for a contender hype come from?
Is it only because our Italian stallion is NBA old and rich? With Gallo now permanently short of a gallop, a lot of punters are predicting he’ll chase a ring before being put out to pasture? Or are they just assuming it? Has he ever explicitly stated as much somewhere? If so, vaffanculo right back at ya!! Pezzo di merda...
Furthermore, in the murky near future, our incoming contracts will mostly be cheap rookies... Thus our cancerous cap space should finally be under control... So, if - big if - we’re committed to competing, then what’s stopping us from re-signing him?
Thus, our second case study is Danilo Gallinari:
Length for position: Can play both SF and PF, at 6ft 10in and 233lb is plenty big enough. 7
Athleticism for position: He’s savvy with his angles, but the Rooster is a wobbly donkey. 3
Scoring ability: Efficient well-rounded scorer who can shoot threes or draw fouls. 8
Defensive ability: Sooo slow, but takes smart shortcuts, organises others and draws charges. 4
Efficiency: A current PER of 19.6 is very good. 8
Personality: Cool head that’s been there done that... And learned a lot of sneaky tricks along the way. 8
Team fit: Mans the much-maligned four spot, so has value in this squad for sure. 8
Value for Wages: At $22m his value is average at the very best. 4
League readiness: A 13-year veteran, even if he only played eight years worth of games total, due to injuries. Can he be relied upon for more than 60 games though? 7
Ceiling: A complementary star at best. Also peaked last year (aged 30), and now is ever so slightly tapering off. 8
Overall 6.5: Yes, he has massive health concerns. However, in recent years, he’s begun a regimen of yoga, Pilates and pickup games. Moreover, as he’s quick to point out - albeit after strenuous stretching - he’s only had two major injuries (his back in his rookie year and the knee ligament in 2013) and an awful lot of niggles... That’s a stretch too, but let’s say we believe it, then why don’t we try and retain him?
Would he take $10m-$15m for three years?
Has anyone actually asked him?
Verdict: Explore retaining him... Then, when he inevitably crushes our hopes, trade him before his contract expires next season and we are left with nothing... We’ll be left with nothing won’t we?