Boston Celtics

Mar 7, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics will win the Danilo Gallinari sweepstakes, according to multiple reports.

Reportedly down to Boston or Chicago as of last night, word of Gallinari’s decision to join the Celtics (once his release from San Antonio is officially official) first came via the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

A veteran of 728 NBA games between five different franchises, Gallinari will come to the Celtics after spending the last two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. Utilized as a bench scorer in Atlanta, Gallinari is coming off a 2021-22 campaign that included 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, along with a 43.4 field goal percentage.

The 6-foot-10 Italian wing also comes to Boston with 48 games of playoff experience.

Reports indicate that Gallinari’s deal with Boston is a two-year pact worth $13 million, and that it comes with a player option for the 2023-24 season. The Celtics made the signing using the mid-level exception.

The Gallinari signing makes it a strong opening 24 hours of free agency for Stevens and the Celtics, as the team also added then-Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon to the mix via trade.

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