Danilo Gallinari plans to opt out of his contract, but remaining in Denver is his first choice, he said in an interview with BlitzTV. The interview was conducted in Italian, but a small excerpt was translated by Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
Gallinari, who is scheduled to make $16.1MM next season, will be seeking a long-term deal. Nuggets GM Tim Connelly has said the organization is taking a “wait and see” approach about re-signing the veteran forward, and the Celtics are among the teams expected to be interested if he hits the open market.
“The relationship between me, the city and the organization is great,” Gallinari said. “This is the reason why I would love to reach an agreement to remain in Denver. I love it here. And I would love to remain with the Nuggets.”
Gallinari has been with Denver since midway through the 2010/11 season, when the Knicks included him in the Carmelo Anthony trade. The 28-year-old averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds this season and appeared in 63 games, the most since knee surgery forced him to miss all of the 2013/14 season.