The Oklahoma City Thunder knows that they cannot replace Kevin Durant but there are some players who can at least fill the hole that he left. The latest NBA rumors suggest that the Thunder should acquire Danilo Gallinari from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for several players and draft picks.
A website called NBA-Trade-Rumors.com claims that OKC will need to trade Andre Roberson, Mitch McGary, and Kyle Singler along with two draft picks in exchange for Gallinari. It should be noted that these are just speculations and nothing has been confirmed.
However, the ESPN Trade Machine points out that the trade is not possible due to the combined salaries of the Thunder players not reaching the $9.8 million salary required to make it happen. Although it seems fair for both sides, the Nuggets are not looking for quantity.
Denver already has 20 players on their training camp roster and they would have to cut it down to 15 at the start of the season. Acquiring three more players is unnecessary for them since their team is already loaded with talent.
On the other hand, the Thunder will be more dangerous if they get Danilo Gallinari. They will get another shooter to surround Russell Westbrook. However, they already have Ersan Ilyasova, who the same type of player as Gallinari, albeit the Italian star is better.
Nevertheless, these are just NBA rumors at the moment and should be taken with a grain of salt. The Thunder are still a playoff contender without Kevin Durant while Nuggets are outside looking in. It is a very interesting season in Denver since they could part ways with Danilo Gallinari, as well as Kenneth Faried if they start the year slow.
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