The veteran forward will look to make his C's debut during the 2023-24 campaign, as he reportedly exercised his $6.8 million player option -- according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Veteran forward Danilo Gallinari has exercised his $6.8 million player option to return to the Boston Celtics for the 2023-2024 season, his agent Michael Tellem of Excel Sports Management told ESPN on Thursday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2023
The 35-year-old sharpshooter was brought in to provide scoring and playmaking off the bench, something the 2022-23 Celtics roster could have used during the postseason when the offense became stagnant. Gallinari sustained his knee injury during a FIBA qualifying game playing for his native Italy just weeks after signing a two-year, $13 million deal with Boston.
"My 15th season in NBA is over," Gallinari wrote via a social media post. "I would have liked to play. I would have liked to have debuted in this jersey in front of these amazing fans. I would have liked to help my teammates. And I would have liked to have seen us until the end."It will take a while to accept this defeat. We believed in it until the last minute and gave everything as a group. From tomorrow the head and legs will work to prepare for next season. Season number 16 in a league that always knows how to give me emotions that I will never get used to."
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