Miami Heat Trade Rumors: Danilo Gallinari Headed To South Beach?
Can Danilo Gallinari make the full use of the opportunity if he, as the rumors go, is indeed headed for South Beach to play for the Miami Heat in the next season?
As per the "crazy predictions" made by ESPN.com's Zach Lowe, there could be a likely shift in base involving "Gallo" - the 28-year-old Italian for his contract with the Denver Nuggets is nearing its expiry. It was also hoped that if a better option did not come up, the Nuggets would extend the contract with Gallinari, whose birth date reads 8/8/88.
The speculation about Gallinari joining the Heat gained pace in the wake of the Heat's ongoing problem with Chris Bosh, one of the Big Threes who had been the Heat's asset in the past but is deeply plagued by health problems of late. The concern over Bosh is quite serious for the Heat, so much so that they have not allowed the old warhorse to play this season.
There was also another report which said that Gallinari is likely to opt out of his final contract with Denver Nuggets and try it out at a free agency. According to the report by Richard Nurse for All U Can Heat, the Heat authorities could try to convince Gallinari to settle for a less lucrative deal so that the team's betterment can be more focused on.
But there is also one question over the possible choice of Gallinari as the Heat's find for the post-Big Three eras. Gallinari himself is recovering from ACL and ankle injuries and hence one could ask whether it is worth to invest in a player who missed almost an entire season because of injuries. But the man's top-class performance despite the injury is something which has made the Heat look beyond this factor.
"If that is not enticing enough, Gallinari can put the ball on the floor, create his own shot and play either forward position. Couple that with shooting 71 percent from the field and 78 percent from the three with a 94.3 true shooting percentage--this preseason--and the stretch-4 possibilities in Miami become intriguing," said Nurse's reports.
In 53 games he played last season, Gallinari averaged 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds besides 2.5 assists.