Los Angeles Clippers looking to add Danilo Gallinari in 3-way sign-and-trade, per sources

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League sources reportedly told ESPN Monday night the Los Angeles Clippers are working towards a sign-and-trade deal to bring in forward Danilo Gallinari on a three-year, $65 million agreement. The Clippers don’t have the cap space to sign him directly in free agency and are in discussion with the Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks to make the deal happen.

The proposed deal would send Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a future first-roudn pick to Atlanta. Denver is expected to receive draft compensation.

The Clippers supposedly sold Gallinari on the idea he’d be part of one of the league’s most dynamic front-courts, joining Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan

Why is this a good move?

The team is trying to figure out how to maneuver through its post-Chris Paul world and adding a big body that’s a floor-spacing shooter is a solid move. His injury history is a concern, but he’s an ideal selection for a small forward position that’s haunted the Clippers for years now.

Why is this a [potentially] bad move?

This deal would move the Clippers’ payroll to $110.4 million next season, based on a ten-man roster at the time of publication. They will, however, move into the financially punitive repeater tax if the team’s salary goes past $119 million.

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.


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