After all the talk around acquiring Danilo Gallinari over the last year or so, is this season, during free agency the time the Phoenix Suns should pull the trigger on him?
Gallinari would be a perfect fit for this team. He is what the organization hoped Dario Saric would be, but unfortunately, Saric’s inconsistency has led to many fans searching for someone newer and shinier. Attaining Gallinari would mean either Frank Kaminsky or Dario Saric would have to go, with the other to fill a role as backup power forward. That would work out well and give the Suns some much-needed depth to their bench.
Gallinari’s skillset is perfect for the Phoenix Suns, and he is the ideal NBA four-man in today’s game. His ability to stretch the floor with his shooting and range make him a problem on the perimeter, and his very sneaky athleticism mixed with a good handle make him a very hard assignment for the opposing teams’ power forward to defend.
He is exactly what this Suns team needs, a player who has been in the league for a while now, someone who moves great off the ball, shoots a high percentage from 3 (40.9 percent this season), and someone who could play well next to the powerful Deandre Ayton and young star Booker.
What may have people concerned is his defensive ability. His defensive rating this year was 111.8, which isn’t great, yet it was better than Dario Saric’s, who posted a rating of 112.1 Also, Gallinari is very crafty on that side of the ball. He has a high basketball IQ and uses it defensively.
Gallinari checks all the boxes for me, and should for the Sun’s front office. The Suns have not had a player like this on their roster in recent memory, and acquiring him would take the Suns level they want to be, but at what price?
With a weak free agency class, a big name like Danilo Gallinari may be too rich for James Jones‘ blood.