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Danilo Gallinari | Forward | #8

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/8/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 225
College: Italy
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (6) / NY
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General manager Tim Connelly said the top priority is to bring back Danilo Gallinari for next season.
"You never know how the market is going to progress," Connelly said. There is a lot to this story with Gallo having a $16.1 million player option, and also Connelly said the Nuggets need to add more perimeter defense around Nikola Jokic. Gallinari cleared the 60-game mark for just the second time since joining the Nuggets for a full season in 2011-12, so it makes sense for him to hit the market at age 28. Plus, Juancho Hernangomez probably deserves more minutes for a litany of reasons. Apr 26 - 6:59 PM

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Danilo Gallinari, who can become a free agent this summer, is unsure if he will return to play for the Nuggets next season.

Gallinari has a $16.1 million player option for the 2017-18 campaign. It is very likely that Gallo opts out of the final year of his contract to cash in as a free agent this summer, at which point he'll sign for well over a $100 million on a new long-term deal. Gallinari did say that it would be "tough" for him to leave Denver. "It’s my city. I love the city. After my career is over, Denver is going to be my city." We shall see if the Nuggets are willing to pony up in order to keep him in a Nuggets uniform.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 14 - 10:32 AM

Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said that Danilo Gallinari has been a "core piece" of the Nuggets for a "very long time."

"We have a fantastic relationship, so we’re always very up front and honest," Connelly said. "If he opts out we’ll figure out how we approach that. He’s a guy who really enjoys Denver. He had a career year in a bunch of different statistical categories." It's a no-brainer for Gallo to opt out of the final year of his deal to take advantage of the rising salary cap, and while Gallo has said that he would like to finish his career as a Nugget, money talks. Gallo averaged 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.0 triples on 44.7 percent shooting this season, appearing in 63 games. He will turn 29 in August.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 13 - 9:42 AM

Coach Mike Malone said that Danilo Gallinari (rest), Kenneth Faried (back) and Jameer Nelson (calf) would not play Tuesday vs. the Mavericks or Wednesday vs. OKC.

With the Nuggets eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, coach Malone is waiving the white flag on the 2016-17 season. Will Barton (foot) has also been ruled out of Tuesday's game, so there will be plenty of frontcourt minutes available. Coach Malone told reporters that he would like to get an extended look at rookie forwards Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez over the final two games of the season. Wilson Chandler and Mason Plumlee will also likely see additional minutes.
Apr 11 - 11:58 AM

Danilo Gallinari blew up for a season-high 34 points vs. OKC on Sunday, making 12-of-20 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Gallo is likely to opt for unrestricted free agency this summer, so this might have been his final home game with the Nuggets. If so, he went out with some fireworks, scoring 22 points in the third quarter alone. Unfortunately for Denver, they blew a late lead to lose at home 106-105, officially eliminating them from the playoffs.
Apr 9 - 7:53 PM

Danilo Gallinari is expected to decline his $16.1 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

Italian head coach Ettore Messina said Gallo is undecided about playing for the national team this summer because free agency begins (July 1) during their training camp for Eurobasket. He was never expected to opt into his player option anyways, as he's set to see a substantial raise under the new salary cap. If Gallo moves on from Denver next season, Juancho Hernangomez could be looking at a significant bump in value.
Apr 6 - 10:12 AM

Danilo Gallinari hit 9-of-15 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to 28 points, five rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's huge 134-131 win over the Pelicans.

Gallo not only helped put the Pels out of the playoffs, but with a Portland loss tonight, the Nuggets are now just a 1/2 game out of the playoffs. The Blazers currently hold the No. 8 seed, but are reeling with the loss of Jusuf Nurkic, so the Nuggets are going to go all in with the hope of knocking the Blazers out of the playoffs. And that's great news for Gallinari owners in fantasy.
Apr 5 - 12:49 AM

Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 29 points in 37 minutes on Sunday, hitting 11-of-19 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with three 3-pointers, five rebounds and two assists.

Gallo added one steal for good measure, while making 4-of-4 free throws in Denver's impressive road win. His shot was missing in action after he returned from a knee injury, with 21.2 percent shooting in his first three games back, but he's turned things around in the past two. He's in no imminent danger of rest days with Denver still vying for the playoffs.
Apr 2 - 9:56 PM

Danilo Gallinari made 2-of-12 from the field and 17-of-18 from the line for 21 points against the Pacers on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes.

He did say he was "a little sore" after the game. "It was just really good to be out there," Gallinari said. While he didn't shoot the ball well and on top of being sore, he said he is going to get back in the gym and work on his legs a little bit. Coach Mike Malone doesn't usually go light on Gallo, so expect him to play solid minutes as long as he's active.
Mar 25 - 12:39 AM

Danilo Gallinari (knee) will start and Mason Plumlee will move to the bench for Friday against the Pacers.

The Nuggets will go back to their old lineup with Gallo and Wilson Chandler at the starting forward spots. Coach Mike Malone usually plays Gallo huge minutes and he has played well since the break, so expect him to hit the ground running. Gallo's return should take away from Plumlee and Kenneth Faried.
Mar 24 - 6:20 PM

Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) said he will play Friday vs. the Pacers.

Gallinari, who has missed four straight games, has clearly been inching closer to a return over the last few days. With Gallo back in the mix, the Nuggets will have their full complement of frontcourt players for the first time in quite a while. This will present a welcomed dilemma for coach Mike Malone on Friday. It will be interesting to see how Malone divvies up minutes amongst Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee, Will Barton and Juan Hernangomez.
Mar 24 - 11:11 AM

Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday against the Pacers.

He's missed the last four games, but Gallinari at least had a chance to play on Wednesday. If Gallinari does make it back, coach Mike Malone will have a tough time getting everyone minutes. Wilson Chandler played mostly SF on Wednesday, which allowed Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee to hold down the minutes at the four. Gallo's return would also take minutes from Will Barton.
Mar 23 - 4:40 PM

Coach Mike Malone said that Danilo Gallinari (knee) will not play Wednesday vs. Cleveland.

This will be the fourth straight game Gallo has missed. Fortunately for the Nuggets, both Wilson Chandler (groin) and Darrell Arthur (knee) are expected to return on Wednesday night. It is unknown if Juancho Hernangomez will draw another start in place of Gallinari.
Mar 22 - 1:18 PM

Coach Michael Malone said that he is "hopeful" that Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Wilson Chandler (groin) will play Wednesday vs. the Cavs.

"Hopeful is the word I’d use," Malone said on Monday night. "We’ll have to wait and see how their continued rehabs go and how they’re feeling. For both of those guys it comes down to whether they’re comfortable enough and confident enough to go out there and play at a high level." Gallinari is currently listed as doubtful in the game notes, while Chandler is questionable. We should receive a reliable update after the Nuggets shootaround Wednesday morning.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 22 - 11:08 AM

Danilo Gallinari (knee) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

Gallinari was hopeful that he'd be able to return to the court for Wednesday's game, but now it's looking like it'll be his fourth straight game on the sidelines. With Gallinari unlikely, Juan Hernangomez could be looking at another start, and there will be more opportunity for Will Barton with the second unit.
Mar 21 - 4:11 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jameer Nelson
2Jamal Murray
3Emmanuel Mudiay
SG1Gary Harris
2Will Barton
3Malik Beasley
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Juan Hernangomez
3Mike Miller
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Wilson Chandler
3Darrell Arthur
C1Nikola Jokic
2Mason Plumlee
3Roy Hibbert