Miami Heat Rumors: Danilo Gallinari To South Beach?

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 10/17/16 08:56AM EDT

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is rumored to be headed for South Beach and suit up for the Miami Heat next season.

Among the list of "crazy predictions" put up by's Zach Lowe was a likely trade involving the 28-year-old Italian player, given that his contract is nearing its expiration. It was also pointed out that if a good ideal does not emerge, the Nuggets would likely go for a contract extension, instead.

However, the speculation about him headed to Miami came about as an off-shoot of the ongoing uncertainty about Chris Bosh's situation. With his health problems continuing to be a burden, the Heat did not give their long-time big man the green light to play this season.

According to another report by Richard Nurse for Fansided's All U Can Heat, Gallinari is expected to opt out of his final contract year with the Nuggets and try his luck at free agency. With that put forward, Nurse also pointed out that the Miami Heat front office will likely try to convince "Gallo" to take a less lucrative contract as an act of taking one for the team.

Another issue is also the fact that Gallinari is also coming off an ACL injury, and it is now being questioned if investing on a player who has gone through such damage would be worth it. But the Heat is believed to look past it, considering his notable performances, despite his injury.

"If that is not enticing enough, Gallinari can put the ball on the floor, create his own shot and play either forward position. Couple that with shooting 71 percent from the field and 78 percent from the three with a 94.3 true shooting percentage-this preseason-and the stretch-4 possibilities in Miami become intriguing," an excerpt from Nurse's report reads.

Through the 53 games he played last season, Gallinari averaged 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.

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