Report: Danilo Gallinari leaning toward Clippers, which would spark trade with Nuggets and Hawks

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The Clippers were seeking a third team to participate in a sign-and-trade for Danilo Gallinari, and with Paul Millsap going from the Hawks to the Nuggets (Gallinari’s old team), the Clippers might have found a solution – a double sign-and-trade between the three teams involving Gallinari, Millsap, Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and assuredly more.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Sam Amick of USA Today:

Gallinari would give the Clippers an impressive frontcourt with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Even after losing Chris Paul, that team should compete for the playoffs.

Receiving a player in a sign-and-trade would hard-cap the Clippers, but they’d have plenty of room to round out their roster – maybe even enough to avoid the luxury tax entirely.

The Hawks would add a first-round pick and Stone, the No. 40 pick last year, for the trouble of taking Crawford. Whether that’s a worthwhile sweetener depends on how much Crawford, who still has $17,246,988 guaranteed remaining on his contract, would require in a buyout. Atlanta is fairly wayward now, and extra draft picks can always help the push forward – whenever the team decides which way it wants to point.

The Nuggets need enticement to participate in this arrangement rather than just signing Millsap directly, though that might come in the form of another free agent before completing the trade rather than from L.A. or Atlanta.

So, there’s more to give. But this deal appears to be pretty far down the road to completion.