Spurs Officially Waive Danilo Gallinari

As expected, the Spurs have waived forward Danilo Gallinari, sources tell ESPN’s Bobby Marks (Twitter link).

Acquired by San Antonio in the Dejounte Murray trade in June, Gallinari was used as a salary-matching piece in that deal. The $5MM partial guarantee on his $21.45MM salary for 2022/23 was increased to $13MM to help make the deal work, according to Marks.

Additionally, Gallinari’s salary guarantee date was pushed back from June 29 to July 8. By waiving him today, the Spurs will avoid paying the remaining non-guaranteed portion ($8.45MM) of his ’22/23 salary.

Gallinari has already lined up a deal with the Celtics and will be able to officially sign with Boston after he clears waivers on Sunday. He is reportedly receiving $13MM across two seasons on his new contract, which will include a second-year player option. The Celtics are completing the signing using their taxpayer mid-level exception.

Although he won’t help improve the Celtics’ top-ranked defense, Gallinari is a talented scorer and 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 per game with the Hawks last season.

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