The Atlanta Hawks went on a spending spree last year during the NBA offseason. They brought aboard a ton of veterans, hoping to help their young team turn into winners. The strategy eventually paid off, as the Hawks were one of the bigger surprises during the 2020-21 season.
Atlanta took off once Nate McMillan took over as head coach. They finished the regular season 27-11 with him as head coach and winning two playoff series. They defeated the New York Knicks in the first round and Philadelphia 76ers in the second round before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
One of the veterans that helped the Atlanta Hawks improve as much as they did was forward Danilo Gallinari, who signed a three-year, $61 million deal with Atlanta in free agency.
The team hoped he would provide veteran leadership and scoring punch to their frontcourt and he did exactly that.
He battled some injuries, playing in only 51 games during the regular season, but averaged 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 24 minutes per game. He stretched the floor well, knocking down 40.6 percent of his 3-point attempts. He provided much of the same in the postseason, averaging 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds, knocking down 40.5 percent of his 3-point tries.
Now, there are rumors that he could be on the move this offseason. Which teams could use the veteran sharpshooter? Here are three teams who would pursue a trade for The Rooster.