OKLAHOMA CITY — Danilo Gallinari is still a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With the passing of the 2019-20 trade deadline, it appears the much reported trade talks between the Thunder and the Miami Heat for Gallinari’s services died before they could become official.
The reports of trade talks started picking up steam around 7:15 last night during the Thunder’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“My parents told me a great thing as a little kid,” Gallinari said in the locker room following the Thunder’s 109-103 win. “Don’t read any newspapers or follow any media. Especially on game days. I don’t follow any type of media. I just focus on the game.”
Those were almost the final words Gallinari would share with the local media before heading off into the night. Gallinari will be with OKC now until his contract expires following the Thunder’s exit from the postseason.
Gallinari is a 31-year old veteran on an expiring deal. The Italian-sharpshooter’s situation does not align ideally with Oklahoma City’s. The Thunder’s 31-20 record — a surprise to many across the NBA — did not take from this fact. However, with him on the team, the Thunder’s short-term goals of making noise in the playoffs — to get guys like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Lu Dort and Darius Bazley precious reps for the future — remain.
The deal died as a result of the Heat and Gallinari not coming to terms to an extension following this year. According to the Miami Herald, Gallinari wanted three years guaranteed while Miami wanted a team-option for that third year.
Presti and Gallinari still have a sign-and-trade option on the table in the offseason. Ideally, the Thunder don’t want to lose Gallinari for nothing. This could be the way Presti fully maximizes the Paul George trade that brought Gallinari here.
The Thunder will play tomorrow night in OKC against the Detroit Pistons. Gallinari will be there.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12. He also hosts the “Locked on Thunder” podcast, part of the Locked On Podcast Network Monday through Friday. Brady is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports