The Portland Trail Blazers will have several key decisions to make regarding their wing depth when NBA Free Agency arrives. It remains to be seen how Portland will handle Trevor Ariza’s contract guarantee for next season and if the team will pursue unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony after his career revival with the Blazers.
Regardless, with Rodney Hood’s status for next season still uncertain as he recovers from a torn Achilles, Portland needs wing help. Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz sees Danilo Gallinari as a “realistic” free-agent signing for Portland:
Ideal Role: Starting Power Forward
FA Type: Unrestricted
You can never have too much of a good thing, right?
The Blazers were a top-10 team in three-point makes (12.9, 10th) and success rate (37.7 percent, third) this season. Adding Gallinari would likely make Portland the best outside shooting squad in the NBA.
Swartz believes that Gallinari is the “ideal” starting power forward for a team that is on the cusp of being serious contenders.
Gallinari averaged 18.7 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 40.5% from deep last season (on 7.1 attempts per game). He holds career averages of 16.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 38% 3-PT shooting.
Just last week the veteran forward asked his Twitter followers where he should sign next, which prompted Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic to reply with a subtle message:
Brate— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) October 20, 2020
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