The Boston Celtics are still big-name hunting on the trading front with less than two weeks left before February 18 deadline. HoopsRumors.com provided details on the Celtics’ attempt to snag Italian forward Danilo Gallinari from the Denver Nuggets.
The Celtics, armed with multiple draft picks and a handful of young talents on its roster, remain an aggressive buyer on the trading market.
Boston has been mentioned as suitors to a couple of All-Star big men (Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets, and Chris Mannix of the Vertical Yahoo Sports now disclosed during an interview on “Toucher & Rich” show on 98.5 The Sports Hub that the team also entered into exploratory talk with Nuggets for Gallinari.
Orazio Cauchi of Sportando first reported the Celtics’ renewed interest in Gallinari, who piques the interest of GM Danny Ainge because of his outside shooting and leadership.
However, the Nuggets aren’t interested in parting ways with a cornerstone player like Gallinari. The team is demanding at least two first round picks for the sweet shooting forward, and it’s still not sure if it would be enough to land him.
Via Hoops Rumors:
“Denver has set a high bar for Gallinari offers, demanding at least two first-rounders, according to Cauchi, and he and Emmanuel Mudiay are among the few Nuggets the team would object to parting with, as Mannix explained.”
“The Celtics have no shortage of draft assets, but the unprotected 2016 first-rounder they have from the Nets is “definitely not available,” writes Sean Deveney of The Sporting News.”
The 27-year old Gallinari is averaging 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game while shooting 36 percent from the three-point area this season (per Basketball reference). The Italian spent his first 21/2 season with the New York Knicks before he was shipped to Denver in the blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade in 2012.
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