Danilo Gallinari

Nuggets reach contract extension with Danilo Gallinari


UPDATE 1:05 pm: And just like that it is official — multiple sources are now saying the deal is official at four years, $42 million.

This is a good deal, both for Danilo Gallinari and the Nuggets. Gallo is not a max-deal guy, but he is a borderline All-Star and the kind of player at the heart of what Denver is building. About $10 million per year seems a fair price.

12:25 pm: Danilo Gallinari — the Italian scorer who came to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade — is close to a four-year extension to stay in the Rocky Mountains, reports the Denver Post.

The contract would be for four years, around $40 million total, the source told The Denver Post, locking in the player they call Gallo as he ascends for the powder blue — coach George Karl has previously said he thinks the Italian small forward can be an all-star someday.

The deadline for any extension to his rookie contract is Wednesday midnight (Eastern) or Gallinari would become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

This seems like a good deal for both sides.

Gallinari gets an average of $10 million a year, the Nuggets lock up their leading scorer (17.4 points per game, boosted by that 39 he dropped on his old team the Knicks in Madison Square Garden), a guy who can play inside or out, is an efficient scorer and passes the ball well. Gallo is at the heart of the team-style of play the Nuggets are winning with right now and they should work out a deal to keep him.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.