No. 4: Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari, despite coming off an ACL injury, offers a unique skill set as a stretch big with scoring prowess. As a career 38.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc, Gallinari’s ability to stretch the floor would provide the Blazers with an additional offensive weapon.
His experience and scoring ability, even at the age of 34, would make him a valuable veteran presence in the Blazers’ locker room.
Gallinari’s offensive versatility goes beyond his 3-point shooting. He possesses a polished offensive repertoire, with the ability to score from mid-range and finish at the rim with finesse. His crafty scoring moves and high basketball IQ would make him a reliable option when the Blazers need a bucket.
Gallinari’s knack for drawing fouls and converting from the free-throw line adds an extra dimension to his scoring ability.
While there might be concerns about his injury recovery, if Gallinari can regain some of his form, he could be a significant asset off the bench, providing scoring punch and floor spacing. His presence would demand defensive attention, creating opportunities for his teammates and alleviating pressure on the Blazers’ star players.
Furthermore, his experience in high-pressure playoff situations (48 career playoff games) would bring invaluable knowledge and leadership to the locker room, helping the team navigate the challenges of a postseason run.
Since Gallinari will likely sign for the veteran minimum, he would be a cheap and valuable addition to the Blazers’ roster. His scoring prowess, floor spacing, and veteran presence would enhance the team’s offensive capabilities and provide a boost during crucial moments as a second or third big off the bench.