Monday, October 3, 2022

Celtics’ $13M forward could hit the trade market

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There’s a good chance Danilo Gallinari will never play for the Boston Celtics this season. After confirming that Gallinari had torn his ACL during the September 2 EuroBasket tournament, The Athletic’s Shams Charania gave a timeline for Gallinari’s return to the court.

Gallinari has yet to undergo surgery on his torn cruciate ligament until September 18. Combine that with Gallinari’s history of knee problems — he tore the exact same ACL in 2013 — and it’s not looking good. The Celtics haven’t ruled out Gallinari for the season, but a cruciate ligament rupture leaves a player indefinitely out. So that begs the question, should the Celtics trade Gallinari for someone who can play?

NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg asked this question to MassLive’s Brian Robb on September 16 on “Winning Plays.”

“Realistically, it makes sense,” Robb said. He then added that it would depend on how the Celtics start the 2022-23 season. “If they run a fine-tuned machine mid-season and Luke Kornet becomes a better version of Daniel Theis or something like that. They’ll say, ‘What are we going to get that’s going to cost more money to get another guy? What do we need this for? Or we can just find someone in the buyout market.’ But if not, then that’s certainly a trade chip for you to explore, and that sucks.”

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The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reported on July 15 that Danilo Gallinari had turned down more money from the Chicago Bulls to play for the Celtics. Weiss explained Gallinari’s thought process beforehand

“When Gallinari was looking for a new home after the Hawks sold him to the Spurs and he agreed to a buyout, it felt like a golden opportunity to come to Boston. He turned down more money in Chicago to take up the Celtics’ $13.3 million offer over the next two seasons, which isn’t too hard a choice considering the 33-year-old still has $200 million dollars in career earnings when his contract expires in 2024.”

Trading Gallinari after he took less money to sign with the Celtics would be a cold move by Basketball Operations president Brad Stevens. On the other hand, Gallinari will be paid $13 million by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2022-23 season, in addition to what the Celtics are paying him, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Heavy’s Jack Simone outlined a trade that would see the Celtics trade Gallinari to the Charlotte Hornets for Kelly Oubre Jr., among others, on September 11.

The trade would look like this.

Celtics received: Kelly Oubre Jr.

Get Hornets: Gallinari, Luke Kornet, player on minimum contract, 2025 1st-round pick (top-20 protected)

Simone explained why he thinks both sides would agree to such a deal.

“It would be an easy trade for the Celtics. They would get an extra wing that could give them solid shooting and goals off the bench at a relatively low price. He’s not a great defender but for what they would give up it would be a solid addition.

“As for Charlotte, if they don’t push for the play-in tournament, they might try to void Oubre’s contract for an election. This will be the last year of his deal, so getting something for him could become a priority for Charlotte.”

In the 76 games that Oubre played for the Hornets last year, he averaged 15 points and four rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three. He could play a bigger role with the Hornets this season as Miles Bridges is sidelined indefinitely due to his legal troubles.

In the 76 games that Oubre played for the Hornets last year, he averaged 15 points and four rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three. He could play a bigger role with the Hornets this season as Miles Bridges is sidelined indefinitely due to his legal troubles.

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