Mavericks shoot for free agent Dan Gallinari
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s current power forward, Dan Gallinari, has decided to become an unrestricted free agent this year, after playing in the NBA since 2008. Prior to this coming season, there’s a chance that he’ll receive multiple offers from teams throughout the league. This past season, Gallinari had received a trade offer from Dallas’s own Mavericks, according to basketball news source, Slam Online. The Mavericks’ deal almost went through near the end of the season, but ended up falling through when Dan decided he would prefer to give free agency a try.
Trading has been a work-in-progress
According to Slam Online’s same article, the Miami Heat had also attempted to make a trade offer towards the end of last season, when Gallinari was still playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In this case, the Thunder and Heat simply couldn’t come to an agreement on the trade deal. Due to the end date for trade season sneaking up on them, this deal wasn’t able to go through either. Despite that, the Heat is still a potential competitor for the Mavericks in wooing Gallinari.
We have yet to see what teams will extend offers that meet what Gallinari is wanting out of free agency, but are certainly hopeful that Dallas will be able to bring him in. It would certainly be exciting to see the massive Italian power forward playing alongside our home team in American Airlines Center.
Gallinari has previously played for multiple teams in the National Basketball Association. Prior to last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was with the Los Angeles Clippers for two years. He’s also played for the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks before that, with a few brief stints returning to the Italian leagues he got started with.
He’s played in the Italian league since 2004, and has had a very successful career there too. He’s also been hand-picked by the Italian league to play against other teams across Europe, representing his home country in the Euroleague. According to Wikipedia, Gallinari has been presented with the Italian League MVP award, the EuroLeague Rising Star award, and has won the Italian League’s Best Player Under 22 award for 2007 and 2008. Over his years of professional basketball in both the Italian and US leagues, Gallinari has definitely proved that he has the ability to create the most of whatever situation he’s placed into, something that Dallas certainly is needing this next year.
If the Mavericks are able to convince Gallinari to join the team for next season, he’ll be a fantastic addition. Last season was the first time our team has had a positive wins to losses ratio in three years. We’re hoping that whoever they bring in for this coming year, it’ll continue that upward trend we saw last season and get Dallas more wins under its belt.
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