Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets has decided to opt out of the last season of his contract, he said in an interview with BlitzTV, per Sportnado. Gallinari was slated to make $16.1 million next season.
Although Gallinari is going to become a free agent this upcoming summer, he would still like to return to the Nuggets, who he’s played with for the past six seasons.
“The relationship between me, the city and the organization is great. This is the reason why I would love to reach an agreement to remain in Denver. I love it here. And I would love to remain with the Nuggets”
Danilo Gallinari started his career with the New York Knicks, but he was eventually traded to the Nuggets as a piece in the Carmelo Anthony deal. In his time with Denver, Gallinari has performed well enough to garner an extension for three years worth $45 million in the summer of 2015.
Gallinari averaged 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three.
There were talks at the trade deadline about playoff teams being interested in Gallo, including the Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors. Even last summer Gallinari was drawing interest but declined trades to stay in Denver.
With Danilo Gallinari set to be a free agent this summer, he will continue to have interest from other teams. With the salary cap continuing to rise, he will be expecting a big offer, especially after declining just over $16 million for next season.