The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, and Atlanta Hawks have orchestrated a three-team sign-and-trade, headlined by Danilo Gallinari, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported.
Sources: The Clippers have reached agreement on a three-team deal to acquire free agent Danilo Gallinari on a three-year, $65M contract.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2017
Due to not having the cap space needed to sign Gallinari outright as a free agent, the Clippers sought a sign-and-trade to acquire him. In the trade, the Clippers will sign Gallinari; the Nuggets will receive a 2019 second-round draft pick; and the Hawks will receive Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, and a 2018 draft pick, and cash considerations.
What this means for the Clippers: After losing Chris Paul in a previous sign-and-trade earlier this offseason, the Clippers have obtained an interesting roster of players to surround their franchise centerpiece, Blake Griffin. For mostly all of Doc Rivers’ tenure with the Clippers, the team has been lacking another forward who can create his own shot and shoot consistently from the outside. The 6’10” Gallinari is a 15.3 points per game scorer for his career, and averaged 18.2 points per game last season with Denver. He’s also a 36.9 percent shooter from the three-point line, knocking down 38.8 percent of his shots from deep last season. Injuries have been a concern for Gallinari throughout his career; however, when healthy, he is one of the best combo forwards in the league and should provide the Clippers with the most production they’ve seen at the small forward position in several years. His ability to also play at the power forward position will allow for the Clippers to throw out many different lineups onto the court and match up better with other teams.
What this means for the Nuggets: After already agreeing to a deal with the 4-time All-Star Paul Millsap, the sign-and-trade makes it easier for the Nuggets to sign him. The 2019 second round draft pick may become useful to the Nuggets, or it can be used in a future trade. For a young team looking to return to the playoffs after a four-year absence, the Nuggets may look to strengthen their roster even more via trade, using the additional pick or wind up using it in 2019. Whichever Denver’s front office chooses, the Nuggets received something for allowing Gallinari to leave Denver, while receiving Millsap.
What this means for the Hawks: Trading Dwight Howard earlier this offseason and allowing Paul Millsap to sign with the Nuggets without offering a contract likely signifies a rebuild for the Hawks. The pick from the Clippers obviously helps out the Hawks in their rebuilding plans. So, too, does Diamond Stone. Stone spent very few minutes on an NBA court as a rookie last season, spending most of his time in the D-League. Just 20 years old, he still has lots of potential and should be able to find good minutes with the Hawks that he would not have gotten any time soon with the Clippers. As for Jamal Crawford, it is very unlikely that he remains with the Hawks. At 37 years old, Crawford should not be on a rebuilding team, so it may be in both Crawford’s and the Hawks’ best interest to go their separate ways, whether it be by another trade or a buy out.
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