Danilo Gallinari, NBA ring race begins: first words as Bucks player

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Danilo Gallinari begins his adventure at the Milwaukee Bucks

After being the protagonist of a series of market movements that had led him to 'free agency', Danilo Gallinari has resumed his run to the NBA ring with the Milwaukee Bucks, a franchise that believed in him by signing him during the usual February break of the most followed basketball league in the world.

The Rooster himself wanted to make his arrival in Wisconsin official, alongside players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, with a post on X published on Wednesday. A few simple words to express his happiness: "A new chapter begins – wrote the 1988 class basketball player -. I am ready and excited for this new experience".

Danilo Gallinari, in the NBA since 2008

The Milwaukee Bucks will be the ninth franchise for which Gallinari will play in the NBA: sixth overall pick in the 2008 Draft by the New York Knicks, the former Olimpia Milano played in the Big Apple until February 2011, transferring to the Denver Nuggets, where he managed to establish himself while also scoring his career high (47 points against Dallas on April 10, 2015). In 2017 the next transfer, to the Los Angeles Clippers, where he è coached by Doc Rivers (current Bucks coach).

The experience in the City of Angels ends in 2019, when it is the Oklahoma City Thunder who sign Gallinari: with the blue-orange, the sporting marriage lasts until November 2020, when the Rooster moves to not-so-distant Georgia to play a couple of decent seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.

The unfortunate Boston interlude and brief stints at Wizards and Pistons

In the summer of 2022 comes the opportunity of Boston, but Gallinari è unlucky: he gets seriously injured during the national team training camp, with the Celtics he will not play a single game and at the end of the 2022/23 season he decides to settle to the Washington Wizards, where forò he has little luck finding himself in a franchise in total reconstruction from the point of view of the roster.

So arrives 2024: on January 14 he is sent from Washington to the Detroit Pistons, but in the City of Motors his è only a brief parenthesis: six appearances, before the cut from the roster that curiously arrives on the same day (February 9) of the landing, also in Detroit, of another Italian, Simone Fontecchio. Now the opportunity of Milwaukee, a "real contender" with which Gallinari will try to do what è only another Italian athlete, Marco Belinelli, has previously succeeded: win the NBA title.

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