OKC Thunder: 3 trade deadline predictions for 2020

JANUARY 27: Steven Adams #12 and Danilo Gallinari #8 of OKC Thunder talk during the game against the Dallas Mavericks (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
JANUARY 27: Steven Adams #12 and Danilo Gallinari #8 of OKC Thunder talk during the game against the Dallas Mavericks (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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JANUARY 04: Danilo Gallinari #8 talks with head coach Billy Donovan of the OKC Thunder during the second half (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

NOWHERE – he stays in OKC.

Logic would dictate Danilo Gallinari will be on the move. He’s in the final season of his contract and of all the available talent up for grabs he possesses qualities virtually every team vying for the title wants.

A stretch four who hits from deep with excellent efficiency (41 percent) and a myriad of other talents in his toolbox like being an underrated passer and capable rebounder. The Italian is also far more scrappy than most fans know because he comes across as so even-keeled. But, when the game is on the line or the opponent is getting chippy he’s happy to step up and showcase the Thunder aren’t about to be trifled with.

Granted, this could be all a matter of buying our own hype (TI has repeatedly requested Presti finds a way to retain the big man). Hype or not, it’s still highly conceivable Presti doesn’t have to pull the plug.

While the assumption is the Thunder will lose the forward no matter what that’s not definitive. Gallo appears happy in OKC and enjoys his role on the team. Considering the forward has stated he’ll put more emphasis on winning than on dollars in his upcoming free agency that might deter some GMs. But, the Thunder has shown they can compete with many of the top clubs and if they had figured out their chemistry sooner those initial 20 games would’ve likely delivered a better tally than 8-12.

Moreover, OKC has all those picks and could theoretically make another move this week or in the summer which pushes the team another step forward so THIS could be the team he re-signs with to vie for Larry O’B. At worst the team could do a sign and trade with him this summer.