According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the Portland Trail Blazers are “expected” to pursue Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari.
The Blazers may look to upgrade their wing rotation, especially following the season-ending injury to starting small forward Rodney Hood, who tore his achilles on December 6th against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Gallinari has averaged 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. As a member of the Clippers last season, he averaged 19.8 points per game and even got some All-NBA and All-Star consideration around the league. He was traded to the Thunder in the blockbuster Paul George trade this offseason.
On December 15, all players signed this off-season will be eligible to be traded. The Blazers will most likely use the expiring salary of either Hassan Whiteside ($27.1 million) or Kent Bazemore ($19.3 million) to match Gallinari’s $22.6 million expiring salary.
Courtesy: Yahoo Sports