Danilo Gallinari hints at willingness to take less to play for contender
Still chasing his first NBA title heading into his age-31 season, Danilo Gallinari is prioritizing winning over money from here on out.
Speaking with Italian outlet Il Foglio this week, the veteran forward hinted at a willingness to take less money in order to sign with a contender when he becomes a free agent after next season.
“Next summer, when I will become free agent, I will privilege a team that can fight for the NBA Finals. I won’t chase money but the chance to play for the title,” said Gallinari, per Sportando. “NBA taught me to be a more selfish player on the court, but I have not really succeeded yet.”
Gallinari, who put up 19.8 points and 6.1 rebounds a game for the LA Clippers last season, was traded to the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder this summer, so he may have to endure some losing for the time being.
Plenty of contenders would love to have a versatile playmaker and three-point shooter in a 6-foot-10 body like Gallo, so he should have a good opportunity to emulate the career arc of this fellow European in a couple of seasons.