Clippers close to landing Danilo Gallinari in sign-and-trade

Jul 05, 2017 725

BY: Broderick Turner

Free-agent forward Danilo Gallinari and the Clippers were closing in on a sign-and-trade agreement Monday night that involved the Denver NuggetsAtlanta Hawks and Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, according to NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Gallinari will agree to a three-year deal with the Clippers for about $65 million, the official said. He had opted out of a contract with Denver that would have paid him $16.1 million next season.

Crawford and center Diamond Stone would go to the Atlanta Hawks as a part of the deal, according to the officials. The Clippers also would send a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Hawks, probably the one they got from the Houston Rockets in the Chris Paul trade last week. When Gallinari met with the Clippers on Sunday, he reportedly was impressed with their presentation envisioning a frontcourt of DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and Gallinari.

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