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Sharp-shooting forward Danilo Gallinari is officially joining the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers announced that they acquired Gallinari from Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team sign-and-trade deal.
Meaning, the L.A Clippers needs to send Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a protected first-round pick in the 2018 draft to Atlanta Hawks.
While, Nuggets on the other end will receive a 2019 second-round pick from Atlanta.
The 28-year-old 6-foot-10 forward averaged 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in all 63 games, in which he all started, last season with the Nuggets.
Gallinari was sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft by the New York Knicks but he was part in Denver’s blockbuster deal in February 2011 that sent NBA star Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks.
In his eight years in the league, the NBA veteran has appeared 460 career games (390 starts) with Denver and the Knicks and has a career averaged of 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly thanked Gallinari in a statement.
“Since we acquired Danilo in 2011, he has exemplified every positive aspect of the organization we are continuing to build. His hard work, professionalism and efforts in the Denver community during his time with us will forever make him a fan favorite. On behalf of Nuggets fans everywhere and our entire organization, I would like to thank him for everything he did during his time with us and wish him nothing but the best in the future both in life and basketball. Danilo has been a special player of the Nuggets organization as well as a prominent figure in the Denver community for the last six years. He was a consummate professional throughout his time with us and we want to wish him all the best as he begins this new chapter.” Connelly expressed
Gallinari signed a three-year deal worth $63 million with the Clippers.
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