NBA Rumors: OKC Thunder Could Swap Danilo Gallinari To Trail Blazers For First-Round Pick, Per 'The Ringer'

JB Baruelo

Despite having the explosive backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Portland Trail Blazers still need some help in order to accomplish their main goal in the 2019-20 NBA season. With some of their big men going down one after another with injuries, the Trail Blazers are highly expected to seek frontcourt help before the 2020 February NBA trade deadline. In his recent article, Paolo Uggetti of The Ringer mentioned several potential trade targets for the Trail Blazers, including Danilo Gallinari of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Since the departure of Russell Westbrook and Paul George, rumors have been continuously swirling around Gallinari and his future with the Thunder. The Thunder may have enough talents to compete for a playoff spot in the deep Western Conference, but even before the 2019-20 NBA season started, multiple signs showed that the Thunder would trade their veterans and focus on the development of their young players. In their potential pursuit of Gallinari, Uggetti believes that the Trail Blazers could acquire the All-Star forward by simply sending a trade package including a future first-round pick to the Thunder.

"Danilo Gallinari is another trade candidate who could fit in well with this team. He would be the perfect stretch 4 to play with Portland's deadly backcourt. And while it's unclear what Oklahoma City's ultimate goals are for this season, Gallinari and his expiring contract could be a tasty asset for Sam Presti to try to swap for another first-round pick."

Gallinari is undeniably a key contributor for the Thunder in the 2019-20 NBA season. However, if they have finally decided to undergo a rebuilding process, trading him for future draft assets before the 2020 February NBA trade deadline would be their best option, rather than letting him walk away in the 2020 NBA free agency as an unrestricted free agent without getting anything in return. Gallinari may not have shown any sign that he's not happy in Oklahoma City, but at this point in his NBA career, he would likely prefer to play for a legitimate playoff contender than stay with a rebuilding team like the Thunder.