Clippers, Hawks, Nuggets Agree On Three-Way Deal

July 6: The trade is official, according to a Hawks team press release.

July 4: The Clippers, Hawks, and Nuggets are in agreement on a three-way deal that will send Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers in a sign-and-trade arrangement, reports Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The deal has been discussed extensively, and there was an expectation it would get done, but it hadn’t been formally agreed upon until now. It can be made official when the moratorium ends on Thursday.Danilo Gallinari vertical

Based on the terms reported, the trade is expected to look like this:

  • Clippers receive: Gallinari (sign-and-trade, three-year deal worth $65MM)
  • Hawks receive: Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, first-round pick from Clippers (Rockets’ 2018 first-rounder), cash.
  • Nuggets receive: Second-round pick from Hawks (it will be the Wizards’ 2019 second-rounder, tweets Vivlamore)

The key piece in the transaction is Gallinari, a free agent forward who turns 29 next month. He has had some trouble staying on the court in recent years, appearing in just 175 total games over the last four seasons, but he’s a versatile and effective scorer when he plays, averaging 18.2 PPG with a shooting line of .447/.389/.902 in 2016/17. The Clippers envision him sharing the frontcourt with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers didn’t have the cap room to sign Gallinari outright, and the Nuggets didn’t want to take back salary in a sign-and-trade since they’re preserving their space to finalize Paul Millsap‘s signing. That opened the door for the Hawks to enter the mix and nab a future first-round pick – along with a young prospect in Stone – for their willingness to take on Crawford’s contract.

While Crawford will land in Atlanta as part of this three-way deal, there’s a belief that he’ll seek a trade or buyout. A trade will be tricky to complete, and the Hawks would likely want Crawford to forgo a significant chunk of the $17MM+ in guaranteed money remaining on his deal in order to buy him out. If the two sides can work something out though, the Lakers, Warriors, Spurs, and Cavaliers are among Crawford’ possible landing spots.

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21 thoughts on “Clippers, Hawks, Nuggets Agree On Three-Way Deal

  1. gmflores27

    Good for the Clips, getting rid of Jamal’s contract and Danillo is a very good three point shooter on the wing. This team could be a 6-7 seed next year

    • Grant
      Grant

      Most likely not. I’d say Warriors, Rockets, Spurs, Thunder, T-Wolves, Nuggets, Pelicans are better. I’d say 7-9 depending on how the Jazz and Blazers end up.

  2. dodgerfan711

    Clippers have a really nice frontcourt. idk about best in the NBA but dang its good

  3. Dark14ry

    As a Clippers fan, I love CP3, BUT No way, would I give a 32 yr old PG a Max Deal. Years 4/5 will cripple them just as Kobe’s did to the Lakers.
    I think they did the correct thing, start moving out the older guys and try to het younger.

  4. TheBlueMeanie

    This is just another example of why the Nugs will not be contenders for a very long time. They overpaid for Milsap and only get a second-rounder for Gallinari.

    • They didn’t overpay for Millsap when you consider his contract really comes down to 2 years. If he plays bad, they’re only stuck with him for two years as opposed to a 4 year max. Plus, they were able to get something for Gallinari. The Clippers could’ve turned around and traded the haul that the Hawks got to another team (or the Hawks) for some unguaranteed contracts and then sign Gallinari. Considering the Nuggets didn’t want to take salary back, it reduces their leverage on how much they could actually get back.

  5. hiflew

    I don’t really see what was in this for the Nuggets. It seems to me that it would have been a much better deal if they just excluded the Hawks and bought out Crawford themselves. Stone is raw, but could be a “diamond in the rough.” (Yes I feel bad for that pun.)

    • Nuggets Get a 2nd round pick instead of Buying out Crawford (owed 17 mil)

      I’d say a win.

  6. BIGTalker

    I think the West will be Warriors, T-Wolves, Rockets, Thunder, Clippers, Spurs, (pick ’em) ???. Yes the T-Wolves will be that good. Clippers will be veteran team that will either use their wisdom and play great ball or will break down by December.

    • kylewait89

      The Wolves won’t be that good.

      They won 31 games last year. Adding Butler, Gibson and Teague does not tack on 25-30 wins.

  7. Gary McGinnis

    If it’s true the Warriors, Spurs and Cavs want Crawford, then that confirms what I’ve posted before that he is an excellent player, instant offense, comes off the bench and kills you. He’s so smooth. I enjoy seeing him shoot and I am reminded of Sam Jones from years ago and rememer John Havlicek saying John was a scorer but Sam was a shooter.

  8. Gary McGinnis

    If it’s true the Warriors, Spurs and Cavs want Crawford, then that confirms what I’ve posted before that he is an excellent player, instant offense, comes off the bench and kills you. He’s so smooth. I enjoy seeing him shoot and I am reminded of Sam Jones from years ago and remember John Havlicek saying John was a scorer but Sam was a shooter.

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