If you see a name on the Nuggets’ roster, he’s available in a trade.
Ty Lawson. Wilson Chandler. Kenneth Faried (after July 1 anyway).
And now you can add Danilo Gallinari to that list, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. There is nobody on the Denver roster who is safe as the franchise tries to reshape its locker room and its culture under new coach Mike Malone.
Gallinari could be a good pickup, when healthy he is a dangerous scoring big who has three point range, can put the ball on the floor, and plays well in transition. He was the leading scorer for George Karl’s 57-win Nugget team, until he went down with a knee injury late in the season. That was followed by a botched surgery that kept him out the entire 2013-14 campaign.
But by the end of this past season Gallinari was starting to look like his old self — he averaged 19 points a game and shot 39.1 percent from three, plus grabbed almost five rebounds a game.
Gallinari has one season left on his contract at $11.6 million.
He’s not going to come cheaply — the Nuggets are looking to move Lawson and others, but with Gallinari the offer will have to be more substantial. But Denver will at least listen.