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Most Likely Landing Spots for Danilo Gallinari in Free Agency

David Kaestle
Danilo Gallinari will have plenty of suitors in free agency.
Danilo Gallinari will have plenty of suitors in free agency. / Pool/Getty Images

While Anthony Davis is headlining this free-agent class, Danilo Gallinari will be one of the other top free agents in this 2020 class. With plenty of teams in need of a veteran sharpshooting forward, Gallinari stands to be a great fit on a number of teams.

With the salary cap most likely taking a hit next season, some free agents like Gallinari could opt for a one- or two-year deal, with the goal of signing a longer-term deal once the league revenue bounces back.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three teams that could be likely landing spots for the Italian forward.

3. New York Knicks

Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Knicks, as of now, are projected to have the most cap space in the NBA, and Gallinari has a few meaningful connections to the franchise. First, the Knicks drafted him, and he enjoyed a solid two and half seasons before being sent to Denver as a part of the Carmelo Anthony trade. Aside from that, Gallinari's former agent, Leon Rose, is now running the Knicks, and the two reportedly still have a great relationship. Aside from that, the Knicks might be able to offer him more money than anyone else, plus a guaranteed spot as a starter. If Gallinari is playing at his best, he has the chance to be arguably the Knicks lead scorer next season. If he values that comfortability and money over contending, New York could be his choice.

2. Toronto Raptors

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Pascal Siakam / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

While the Raptors surprised a lot of people playing as well as they did without Kawhi Leonard, it was clear they needed some more firepower come playoff time. With Marc Gasol heading back to Spain, and the future of Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka in doubt, Gallinari could step in and be a great addition to that team. He also has connections to the Raptors in a sense. Current Raptors GM Masai Ujiri was the guy who traded for him in Denver back in 2011. A reunion in Toronto could be a possibility, especially if the players mentioned earlier choose not to return, freeing up plenty of cap space for Toronto.

1. Miami Heat

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2020 NBA Finals - Game Six / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Miami would most likely have to let Goran Dragic walk to make this work from a salary standpoint, unless both players agreed to take a pay cut of some sort. However, Gallinari would improve a Miami team that already proved it was a contender last season. He would be an instant upgrade over both Meyers Leonard and Kelly Olynyk and provide that championship roster with some additional depth, scoring and veteran leadership. Miami may be hunting bigger fish this offseason in the form of Bradley Beal, Victor Oladipo or even Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Gallinari would make for a fantastic consolation prize and allow them to keep all their current assets.

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