Los Angeles Clippers trade for Danilo Gallinari in three-team deal

By The Sports Xchange  |  July 5, 2017 at 2:36 AM
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Former Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is headed to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team sign-and-trade that also involves the Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

Gallinari, the main player in the swap, will sign a three-year, $65 million contract with the Nuggets, who will then send him and his new deal to the Clippers.

Gallinari averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 63 games, all starts, for the Nuggets last season.

To balance the trade, the Nuggets and Clippers included the Hawks. Los Angeles will send shooting guard Jamal Crawford, reserve center Diamond Stone, the Houston Rockets' 2018 first-round pick (top-three protected) and cash to Atlanta.

The Hawks will subsequently send Paul Millsap, who agreed to a three-year, $90 million contract with the Nuggets on Sunday, and the Washington Wizards' 2019 second-round pick to Denver.

The Nuggets also pick up a second-round pick. The Hawks net a first-rounder that is likely to be in the No. 25-30 range, a sparsely used second-year post player in Stone, and Crawford.

Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, has two years remaining on a contract that will pay him $14.2 million in 2016-17 and $14.5 million the following season. Reports have indicated that Crawford does not want to play in Atlanta because the Hawks are launching a rebuild.

A buyout with Atlanta could allow Crawford to move to a contender.

Gallinari will form one of the top frontcourts in the league in Los Angeles with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

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