Clip­pers pick up a use­ful Nugget Sharp shooter Gal­li­nari de­parts Den­ver for LA in three-team trade

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DEN­VER — The Los An­ge­les Clip­pers ac­quired sharp­shoot­ing for­ward Danilo Gal­li­nari from Den­ver as part of a three-team trade that also in­volved At­lanta on Thurs­day.

In the swap, Los An­ge­les sent Ja­mal Craw­ford, Di­a­mond Stone, cash con­sid­er­a­tions and a pro­tected 2018 first-round pick to the Hawks. The Nuggets re­ceive a 2019 sec­on­dround pick from At­lanta.

Gal­li­nari joins a Clip­pers team that re­cently traded Chris Paul to Hous­ton, but agreed to a five-year deal with Blake Grif­fin. Los An­ge­les also has DeAn­dre Jor­dan in the front­court.

The 28-year-old Gal­li­nari was se­lected by New York with the sixth over­all pick in 2008. He wound up in Den­ver as part of the block­buster deal in Fe­bru­ary 2011 that sent Carmelo An­thony to the Knicks.

A fan fa­vorite, Gal­li­nari av­er­aged 16.2 points and made 535 3-point­ers for the Nuggets. He missed the 2013-14 sea­son as he re­cov­ered from a torn left ACL.

“Danilo has been a spe­cial player for the Nuggets or­ga­ni­za­tion as well as a prom­i­nent fig­ure in the Den­ver com­mu­nity for the last six years,” said Tim Con­nelly, the pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions for Den­ver. “He was a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional through­out his time with us and we want to wish him all the best as he be­gins this new chap­ter.”

The Nuggets made a splashy move in free agency by adding four-time All-Star Paul Millsap on a three-year deal worth $90 mil­lion. The 32-year-old Millsap gives the team a proven, de­fen­sive-minded vet­eran to work along­side up-and-com­ing big man Nikola Jo­kic.

Den­ver hasn’t made the post­sea­son since 2012-13.

Craw­ford played for the Hawks from 2009-11. He’s cap­tured the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award three times.

The 20-year-old Stone was ac­quired by the Clip­pers dur­ing a 2016 draft-night trade with New Or­leans. He played in seven games for Los An­ge­les last sea­son.

“As we con­tinue to fo­cus on main­tain­ing flex­i­bil­ity and adding as­sets, this deal ac­com­plished mul­ti­ple goals and made a lot of sense for us,” Hawks gen­eral man­ager Travis Sch­lenk said. “First-round picks have great value and Di­a­mond is an in­trigu­ing, young player to add to our group.”

King Carter

Free-agent Vince Carter, at 40 the NBA’s old­est ac­tive player, agreed to a one-year, $8 mil­lion deal with the Sacra­mento Kings on Thurs­day, US me­dia re­ported.

The eight-time All-Star av­er­aged 8 points and 3.1 re­bounds in 24.6 min­utes per game for the Mem­phis Griz­zlies last sea­son and said in April he hoped to ex­tend his 19-year ca­reer after be­com­ing a free agent.

Carter helped the Griz­zlies reach the play­offs, and his phys­i­cal skills — in­clud­ing his spec­tac­u­lar dunk­ing abil­ity — were on dis­play in their first-round series loss to the San An­to­nio Spurs, when he be­came the old­est player to start a play­off game since Dikembe Mu­tombo for Hous­ton in 2008.

Carter, the fifth pick in the 1998 draft, was the 1998-99 Rookie of the Year with the Toronto Rap­tors.

Dirk Now­itzki has a deal with the Dal­las Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only play­ers to spend 20 sea­sons with one NBA fran­chise.

Now­itzki signed a two-year, $10 mil­lion con­tract on Thurs­day that car­ries a team op­tion in the sec­ond sea­son. A source with knowl­edge of the deal pro­vided specifics on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team had not re­leased the terms.

The agree­ment is sim­i­lar to the one the Mavs and Now­itzki reached last year, although for sig­nif­i­cantly less money. Last year’s con­tract was for two years and $50 mil­lion, and the club de­clined its op­tion be­fore free agency opened this year.

The 39-year-old Now­itzki is no longer the pri­mary op­tion for the Mavericks, so a $5 mil­lion deal is more in line with his role on a ros­ter that has be­come sig­nif­i­cantly younger since the start of last sea­son.

Spurs sign Gay

The San An­to­nio Spurs have signed vet­eran for­ward Rudy Gay. Gay av­er­aged 18.7 points last sea­son in Sacra­mento but was limited to 30 games be­fore rup­tur­ing his left Achilles ten­don in Jan­uary and hav­ing surgery a few days later.

Terms of the deal an­nounced on Thurs­day were not dis­closed.

The 6-foot-8 Gay has av­er­aged 18.4 points in 753 ca­reer games. The No 8 pick in the 2006 draft out of the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut joins LeBron James and Rus­sell West­brook as the only play­ers with at least 13,000 points, 4,000 re­bounds and 1,000 steals since 2006. He also has won a pair of world cham­pi­onships with the US.

Danilo Gal­li­nari

Vince Carter

Dirk Now­itzki

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