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Nuggets extend Gallinari to 4-years, $42 mil deal

Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:26 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 1:44 pm
Gallinari has expanded his game and the Nuggets have inked him to a four-year extension (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver and Matt Moore

Ken Berger of reports the Denver Nuggets have signed forward Danilo Gallinari to a 4-year contract extension

Gallinari, 23, was the crown jewel of a trade package the Nuggets acquired from the New York Knicks for All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony at the 2011 trade deadline. A long, smooth forward, Gallinari was the No. 6 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

This season, he's averaging 17.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per game, all career-highs.  

The reported terms are more than reasonable. Gallinari is a solid second-tier player from his class, a clear cut below the max performers (Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love) but certainly no slouch.  He's currently ranked No. 35 in the league in player efficiency and he poses a match-up problem for opponents on most nights given his perimeter skills as a 6-foot-10 forward. The $10.5 million annual salary puts him in line with the likes of Andrea Bargnani.

Gallinari is a native of Italy, where he was a standout as a teenager for Olimpia Milano. His first season and a half with the Knicks was spent primarily as an outside shooter. But as the Denver Postreported this week, that's changed dramatically this year as a "New Gallo" has emerged. 
The Nuggets’ coaching staff has put the ball in Gallinari’s hands more than ever. In fact, Gallinari has not been this big a part of the overall look of any offense since before he came to America. He is shifted most often between the power forward and small forward slots. The biggest difference between the two in the Nuggets’ scheme is that the power forward has more screening responsibilities and plays in the pick-and-roll a bit more than the small forward.

Other than that, Gallinari said, “it’s pretty much similar – running and try to score fast.”

Karl admitted the coaching staff was “a little leery” of making the decision to experiment with moving Gallinari around from position to position.

“Moving him around and using him in different ways, it sounds good on paper,” Karl said. “But sometimes it messes with a player.”
via Danilo Gallinari’s responsibility shift sparking his breakout season | Nuggets Ink — Denver Nuggets news — The Denver Post.

Amazingly, as Gallo has taken on more of a ball-handling role in the pick and roll and other sets, his turnover percentage has actually dropped. His assists per game and per minute have nearly doubled. All this and he hasn't' really locked down his 3-pointer yet. There's nothing broken with his shooting form, his shot's just not falling, down to 31 percent from 37 percent last season. When that comes in, Gallo's all-around offense is going to be a nightmare for opponents. With the Nuggets' superb team passing in place, Gallo won't have to bear the brundt of being the sole producer offensively, and his salary leaves room for the team to continue to build around him. 

In short, that Melo trade continues to work out just about as well as can be imagined for Denver.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:34 pm

Nuggets extend Gallinari to 4-years, $42 mil deal

The gift from the Knicks just keeps on giving!

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:16 pm

Nuggets extend Gallinari to 4-years, $42 mil deal

I wonder if the Knicks have buyer's remorse yet? Once Melo demands a trade from NY or whines his way out of town, Denver will be laughing all the way to the playoffs without him. Getting rid of him AND getting Gallo AND saving $$$ while rounding out our team...feels like the Nuggs should be imprisoned for this robbery.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:09 pm

Nuggets extend Gallinari to 4-years, $42 mil deal

Looks like a reasonable contract.  Nugs are doing fine the post-Melo era.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:16 pm

Nuggets extend Gallinari to 4-years, $42 mil deal

After watching Gallo play for the last part of the previous season and now this season I would have took a straight up trade for Melo. Gallo is flat out a better all around player than Carmelo. Gallo has made a bunch of really creative passes, plays d and runs hard. All things Melo would not, or could not do. Take your pick which it was, could not or would not.

The terms are great for the Nuggets.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:55 pm

Nuggets extend Gallinari to 4-years, $42 mil deal

Gallo ran circles on Melo the other night, outplayed him in every way. I guess this is his reward. But in reality, the deal is more favoring Denver. Gallo is worth more $ than the 4 yr/42mil extension the Nuggets gave him when you compare to other player contracts around the league. That snake Ujuri got away with another one.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:43 pm

Nuggets extend Gallinari to 4-years, $42 mil deal

This was a SMART move on the Nuggets side.  He was the crown jewel of the trade and to think everyone was so down on Melo leaving.  Look at him now in NYC.  He thinks he might be an issue with that team now.  Well he got what Lala wanted i mean what he wanted.  Meanwhile Denver got better and younger with the move and looks like they plan to be in the mix for quite a while.  Now if they can get Wilson to stop being a pansy and just play with them they could be the team to compete with the Thunder and Mavericks. 

Gallo make it rain on them hoes at Shotgun Willies with Birdman now! 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:08 pm

Nuggets extend Gallinari to 4-years, $42 mil deal

Good move by the Nuggets.

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