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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 19, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:32 am

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

...not saying he isn't a really good player, but wow. That is a ton

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:35 am

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

Wow...17 & 5 is worth $10.5 million

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:19 am

All Different yet All the Same

It's been roughly 50 games for each team since the Big Trade went down between the Knicks and Nuggets--the one that dramatically changed the face of each franchise.

With Anthony, the Nuggets spent years as a regular season stalwart in the West, surging to 50+ wins multiple times, only to make short playoff runs.  Last year they closed out a 52 win season by going 18-7 after the trade, only to bow out of the first round yet again. This year looks promising once more.  The Nuggets are 13-5 and a virtual lock for a mid-to-high seed come April.  A new band playing a familiar tune.

Before Anthony, the Knicks were a perrenial sub-.500 team that hadn't won a playoff game in a while.  Last year they found the playoffs, but not a playoff victory.  This year, they're 7-11 and headed for an 8th seed or the lottery.

In the papers, this was a big deal.  But on paper, you can't even tell the thing happened. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:02 am

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

gallo is helping his team more than melo is helping the knicks. these guys get caught up in the hype and dont realize they are doing the things they do when their contract is up, just to get attention. they would not admit it, but it is the case ina lot of the time. there is only one ball, they were the undisputed stars of their old teams, they have to share the ball after they get traded. it takes a wnhile for anybody to adjust to a new place new people, they didi not think they would miss some of the people in the other team.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:43 pm
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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:36 pm

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

This is an idiotic comment.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:49 pm

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

Until Melo gets a "heart" transplant. This deal is going to continue to look like a serious mistake for the Knicks.  Oh by the way... the Nuggets also get the Knicks #1 pick in the 2014 draft.  If the Knicks fall apart after making a failed run at being a contender... that pick looks awfully good. 

Be careful what you wish for Knick fan... you just might get it.  


Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:17 pm

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

NIIIIIIIIIICE!!!  Gallinari is the man..... has gotten better every year and yes, the knicks blew that trade.  Hopefully Gal doesnt fall to the contract curse!!  You know, zach randolph, baron davis, etc.... but he's not that type of player so they should be all set.  And true, he is a team player with more upside.  Melo is awesome, there is no doubt, but so is Lebron, so is Howard....Denver is a great all around team.  They score, they d-up(enough), they have a solid bench and potential coach of the year in george carl.  Gal is so good tho, I mean he went from bein a pure shooter to really evolving his game.  He gets to the free throw line quite a bit, he can shoot from anywhere on the floor, he isnt selffish and somehow he just always has a positive impact on the game even if he doesn't score 20 points.  GO NUGGETS!!!

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:15 pm

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

Good job by the Nuggets to lock him up.  The guy is a great team player and will only continue to improve.

Also, I would again like to thank the Knicks for taking on the overrated Melo and giving us good players in return.  It's becoming more and more clear as time passes that the Nuggets absolutely robbed the Knicks blind.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:13 pm

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

Why don't people wait a few seasons to see who got the better of this deal. As of now neither team has done anything other then get knocked out in the first round . I'll take my chances that once the Knicks have there full team, healthy they will be a much different looking team then the one Denver beat in double overtime the other night, thanks to a 28 footer by Andre. Miller that kept the Nuggets in the game.

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