One of the Celtics’ biggest needs this offseason is to find more scoring off the bench. Veteran wingman Danilo Gallinari could help them accomplish that.
The Celtics have been “linked to” Gallinari and forward T.J. Warren, according to the Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer. Gallinari, 33, is expected to be waived by the Hawks.
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The 14-year veteran has seen his numbers decline over the last two seasons in Atlanta, averaging 12.4 points per game off the bench. But he’s still an accurate shooter: Gallinari shot 43.4 percent from the field last season.
He shot 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.
“Boston appears focused on high-scoring, small-ball forwards,” Fischer writes.
Gallinari, who could be available for signing as a mid-level exception, fits that bill. He posted his best seasons with the Nuggets and Clippers, averaging 16.2 points per game over six seasons in Denver and 18.7 points per game over two seasons in Los Angeles, respectively.
It’s apparent the Celtics are looking to add players to their rotation this offseason, and may have their sights higher than just role players. They reportedly turned down a trade for Knicks guard Alec Burks, a versatile 6-foot-6 guard who shot 40.4 percent from three last season. His $10 million salary would’ve fit within Boston’s $17.1 million traded player exception that expires on July 18.
While Gallinari wouldn’t be a blockbuster signing, he could be a solid shooter for the Celtics to add, while they look for bigger upgrades elsewhere.