Gallinari was diagnosed with a fractured right hand Sunday and has been ruled out for EuroBasket, EuroHoops.net reports.
Gallinari suffered from the injury while playing in a friendly Sunday for the Italian National Team, as a scuffle under the basket escalated and led to the small forward throwing a punch. Gallinari has now been given a recovery timetable of 40 days, which would mean he'll ideally be back to full strength by the time training camp rolls around for next season.
Gallinari is having his right hand evaluated after he injured it throwing a punch while playing for the Italian National Team on Sunday, Sky Sports reports.
There is no report as to what the severity of Gallinari's injury may be, but the fact that he was sent to the hospital is surely not an encouraging sign. The injury occurred when a scuffle under the basket escalated and led to Gallinari throwing a punch at his opponent. Expect an update to come on the small forward following his examination.
With Gallinari heading to Los Angeles, Denver is slated to get a 2019 2nd-round pick, while Atlanta will pick up Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a first-round pick. Gallinari joining the Clippers means they'll finally have a capable offensive threat at small forward after having to settle with guys like Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson this past year. Look for Gallinari to instantly slot in to the starting five, while also picking up a decent pay raise from the $15 million he made last season. Gallinari is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he averaged 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 three-pointers across 33.9 minutes.
Gallinari is expected to be part of a sign-and-trade that will ultimately send him to the Clippers, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Although the details of the trade haven't been finalized, the arrangement sending Gallinari further west is part of a larger agreement that would include the sign-and-trade of Paul Millsap from the Hawks to the Nuggets, with Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone heading to Atlanta. In this scenario, Gallinari will almost assuredly be the new starting small forward for the Clippers.
Gallinari will opt out of his $16.1 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Gallinari has yet to rule out re-signing with the Nuggets during free agency, but he's fully expected to command an even more lucrative contract as one of the top forwards available on the open market. The eight-year veteran and former first-round pick out of Italy is coming off a 2016-17 campaign that netted him averages of 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 33.9 minutes. Gallinari would offer a prospective team a player that can score consistently and effectively from all over the floor and his status as a well-known three-point threat, who shot 39 percent from deep last year, should bring around plenty of potential suitors.
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