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Wiley blog: Nuggets shouldn't stop Danilo Gallinari from playing elsewhere next season

June 19, 2017 Updated: June 19, 2017 at 11:18 am
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photo - Danilo Gallinari make a pass during a game against the L.A. Clippers in Denver on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Danilo Gallinari make a pass during a game against the L.A. Clippers in Denver on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) 

Danilo Gallinari's tenure with the Nuggets should come to an end. 

Even if the following quote was lost in translation, it's time for Denver to look elsewhere and not pursue keeping Gallinari.

“Nuggets are not my first choice but they are exactly at the same level of the other teams. Denver’s advantage is that they can offer me a five-year contract while other franchises can offer me a four-year deal. Nuggets are at the same level of the others” Gallinari said.

Gallo is clearly at a stage in his career where financial security is his top priority, and who can blame him, so hopefully for Nuggets fans the team can find a partner to work out a sign-and-trade deal.

Denver's plan should actually be pretty simple: Don't invest a max contract in someone who doesn't want to play for you and don't invest a max contract in a player who has never been an All-Star.  

As The Gazette's Paul Klee has pointed out, the Nuggets are great in June and now they need to start being great in July.  

Moving on from Gallinari would be one of the smartest moves Denver could make this July. Despite Gallo being 6-10 and a 37 percent 3-point shooter (38.9 in 2016-17), he has only played 65 games in a season once in his career. He has tantalizing talent that could help a contender, but Denver is still two years away from being a serious contender. Gallinari will be 31 at the start of the 2019-20 season.

Getting Juancho Hernangomez, who plays the same position as Gallinari, 20 minutes a game next season will help the Nuggets in the long run.  

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