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NBA Rumors: Danilo Gallinari Waived by Pistons After 2024 NBA Trade Deadline

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Gallinari will begin meeting with teams Friday, according to Charania.

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

The Pistons are waiving forward Danilo Gallinari, sources tell me and <a href=”https://twitter.com/JLEdwardsIII?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@JLEdwardsIII</a>. Gallinari is expected to begin free-agent meetings on Friday.

Gallinari was dealt from the Washington Wizards to Detroit on Jan. 14 as part of a four-player trade involving Marvin Bagley III.

Through 26 games with the Wizards and six with the Pistons, Gallinari is averaging 7.3 points per game this season, marking his lowest production rate since his rookie 2008-09 campaign.

Gallinari was averaging 14.8 minutes per night while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from behind the arc prior to being waived.

This was Gallinari’s 14th NBA season and marked his return from the offseason ACL surgery that cost him the entirety of his 2022-23 campaign with the Boston Celtics.

At age 35 and coming off of major surgery, it is likely Gallinari’s time on the court will remain limited on his next team, but there is hope his production could continue to increase off the bench.

Following solid outings with the Pistons, including his first 20-ball of the season during a Jan. 31 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Forbes Sports’ Evan Sidery predicted that playoff contenders would “aggressively” pursue Gallinari in free agency.

Evan Sidery @esidery

Danilo Gallinari joins the buyout market. Plenty of title-contending teams will be aggressively pursuing Gallinari. <a href=”https://t.co/sCYvcoWP9v”>https://t.co/sCYvcoWP9v</a>

After exercising a player option with the Celtics in June 2023, Gallinari costs $6.8 million against the cap this season.

That cap hit will remain on the Pistons’ books if Gallinari, who did not travel to Portland for the team’s Thursday night matchup against the Trail Blazers, goes unclaimed on waivers and enters free agency.

The 7-43 Pistons are amidst a roster overhaul, having also released guard Killian Hayes as well as waiving forward Joe Harris and forward Danuel House. The team is additionally expected to waive Ryan Arcidiacono, per Edwards.

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