The Dallas Mavericks Could Trade for Danilo Gallinari
The Dallas Mavericks are in need of a boost and the embarrassing 98-91 loss to the Detroit Pistons is certainly proof of that. Could the Mavs make a big move to help with the team scoring through the Denver Nuggets?
In the wake of a few tough losses right before All-Star break and the trade deadline, the Mavs fans are searching far and wide for a trade that could potentially give this team a boost. Well look no further MFFLs, I’ve got a good one for y’all.
The Denver Nuggets have reportedly been fielding offers to move their leading scorer, Danilo Gallinari. Gallo has been with the Nuggets for the past 6 seasons after spending the first year and a half with the New York Knicks. He was a key part to the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York.
Now, the Nuggets are ready to move on to newer things as a fire sale could be in the making for the team. Many of the players on the roster will have interest across the league and, if they are willing to move some of them, could build themselves up for the future.
The Dallas Mavericks aren’t necessarily looking for someone with Gallinari’s specific skill set, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt anything to gain a player that can score like the Italian can. If the price were right, the Mavs should certainly be making the call.
Here is one possible trade that Dallas could offer.
Why This Could Happen
The first thing that comes to mind is that Danilo Gallinari would have the availability of one of the best medical staffs in the NBA. Gallo played the full NBA season in 2009-10, but has not completed a full year since then. He did play in 71 games in the 2012-13 season but has not even seen 60 games in a year since.
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For the Mavericks, they add a scorer that can start or come off the bench and add a little more firepower to a team that badly needs it. Gallinari may not be a long term solution but having the opportunity to give him a better home than Denver or New York could bode well for the Mavs.
The Nuggets meanwhile get a young, athletic player in Dwight Powell, thus having an opportunity to move Kenneth Faried as they have wanted to do in the past. They also get an experienced, veteran point guard in Deron Williams that can take over the starting role while also teaching Emmanuel Mudiay for the future.
The future 2nd round pick is mostly meaningless for Dallas as we would most likely trade it away regardless.
Why It Won’t Happen
Gallinari is the Denver Nuggets leading scorer and has been for the last couple years. Although the team may not value him the way they should, he is still a great player. This will undoubtedly bring a hefty price tag for his head and I’m not sure that this offer from the Mavs would be that.
Another setback would be that Gallo won’t want to come off the bench. Carlisle could probably work his magic and incorporate him into the starters, but you would hate to lose that chemistry in the process. If we are unable to figure that situation out, Gallo would undoubtedly be gone in the offseason.
The other possibility is that the Mavericks could ship Wesley Matthews to make room for Gallo in the starting lineup. But that seems very unlikely for Dallas to do and I personally would not want that to happen, even if it meant Gallinari for the long term. It’s hard to trade someone that is never injured in exchange for someone always injured.
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Obviously this trade idea is a bit of a long shot, but at least we know that there are potential trades out there for the Mavericks to look in any possible direction. Denver has a lot of talented players and landing one of them could be good signs ahead for the Mavs.