JULY 12: The Celtics have officially signed Gallinari, the team announced in a press release.“We are thrilled to welcome Danilo to Boston,” president of basketball operations Brad Stevens said. “With his elite shooting abilities, he has long been established as of the league’s best scorers with size.”
JULY 10: After being waived by San Antonio on Friday, Gallinari has cleared waivers and agreed to a two-year, $13.3MM deal with the Celtics, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirms (via Twitter). The contract is fully guaranteed, agent Michael Tellem tells Wojnarowski.
JULY 1: Danilo Gallinari plans to sign with the Celtics after the Spurs officially release him, tweets Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported (via Twitter) that signing with Boston was Gallinari’s preference, after Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report suggested on Thursday that he was leaning that way.
Gallinari is expected to receive a two-year contract worth $13MM with a player option on the second season, sources tell Italian basketball writer Davide Chinellato (Twitter link). Boston will presumably use its taxpayer mid-level exception to complete the signing.
The 33-year-old forward, who spent the past two seasons with Atlanta, was sent to San Antonio this week in the Dejounte Murray trade. He agreed to push back the guarantee date on his $21.45MM contract for next season to help accommodate the deal and will likely receive a partial guarantee of about $10-11MM from the Spurs before being let go.
Gallinari will provide Boston with a veteran shooter who can play several positions. He has connected at 38.1% from three-point range during his career and averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds with the Hawks last season.
Injuries plagued Gallinari early in his career, but he has been relatively healthy over the past four seasons, playing 68, 62, 51 and 66 games.
The Bulls were also reportedly in the running for Gallinari.