He might mot be Chris Paul, but the Los Angeles Clippers were able to add a solid scoring forward to go with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the front line.
On Tuesday evening, Los Angeles picked up former Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari in a three-team sign and trade. It then promptly signed him to a three-year, $65 million contract.
Gallinari, 28, averaged a team-best 18.2 points to go with 5.2 rebounds in Denver last season. He also shot at a tremendous 39 percent clip from three-point range. This came on the heels of a 2015-16 campaign in which the former first-round pick averaged north of 19 points per outing.
Look for Gallinari to take over as Los Angeles' starting small forward, forming one of the best frontcourts in the entire Association.
With Paul no longer there to control the ball, we can fully expect Gallinari to put up similar numbers as he has the past two seasons.
The deal also sent Jamal Crawford and the Clippers' first round pick in 2018 (from Houston) to the Atlanta Hawks. Meanwhile, Denver picks up a 2019 second-round pick for helping facilitate the trade.