The Boston Celtics are going to be without Danilo Gallinari for at least two months. It’s not ideal, however it’s most likely the best case scenario for both Gallo and the Celtics.
The veteran sharpshooter suffered a torn meniscus on a non contact injury while playing for Italy in the FIBA World Cup qualifier this past weekend.
An MRI on his left knee didn’t discover any damage to the surrounding ligaments.
With Gallinari likely sidelined for two months, the Celtics shouldn’t feel inclined to acquire additional players in his absence, despite having the means to.
This will give more opportunities for other players to show what they bring to the table- not impacting the rotation too much. Grant Williams, Luke Kornet, and Sam Hauser will be able to fill the void, as well as Malcolm Brogdon- which gives Payton Pritchard more opportunities.
Furthermore, Bruno Caboclo is another player in the mix for more playing time with Gallinari on the sideline. And the same can be said for Mfiondu Kabengele, who is on a two-way contract with Maine.
However, you don’t want to risk using Kabengele too early in the season in regards to the rules of a two-way contract.
It really is a trickle-down effect when it comes to our roster. Which is why Brad Stevens worked tremendously hard to reconstruct into a much more balanced team.
The timetable of two months isn’t as huge of a deal to manage in the beginning of a season rather than at the end. An example of this is Robert Williams, in which we saw how his absence impacted Boston down the stretch in the playoffs and the Finals last year.
If the Celtics go about this the right way, they will be in good shape for when Gallinari is ready to make his Celtics debut.
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