Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post is reporting that the Nuggets and Danilo Gallinari have agreed to a 4-year contract extension worth about $42 million. Click here. How do you feel about this $10 million and change a year deal for the 23 year-old forward? Gallo is averaging 17.4 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Nuggets this season.
Move over Christian Okoye, there's a new "Nigerian Nightmare" in town ... Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri.
Gallo has shown a still improving game for the Nuggets and might just prove to be the star player that nobody thought the Nuggets had. The extension for Gallo is a no-brainer and a great move by the Nuggets. At just 23 years-old, Gallo is proving to be a hard working player that is also capable of doing big things for the Nuggets franchise.
Gallo is shooting 46.2% from the field this season and 31.1% from beyond the arc. He is attempting 6.0 free throws a game and has had four games of over 10 free throw attempts, including a season high 18-20 from the foul line against the Knicks. Star players have a knack for getting to the foul line in the NBA, and if we just look at his free throw attempts, and makes - 89.2%, he is proving to be a star in the making.
The Nuggets may have negotiated against themselves on this extension, but I believe it would have been a big mistake to let a player of Gallo's ability hit the open market ... especially with the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks clearing salary-cap room at an enormous rate.
At $10 million, or so, per season Gallo will be making considerably less than a guy like Andre Igoudala ($13.5M this season) or Rudy Gay ($15M this season), but may prove to be at least as good, if not better, than them. And at $10M per season, Gallo will be the second-highest paid Nugget behind Nene Hilario, who makes roughly $13 million per season.
The Nuggets organization is again moving in the right direction ... especially when you consider that general manager Masai Ujiri is helping to buck-the-trend of the Nuggets allowing their players to play out their contracts before they offer a contract extension.
This is a good deal for the Italian Stallion and the Nuggets.
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Do you like the sounds of a 4-year and $40 million extension for Gallo?
Yes, good deal for both sides. (576 votes)
No, that's too much money. (27 votes)
Wait until the season is over, don't extend him now. (10 votes)
Other (explain in comments) (2 votes)
615 total votes