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OKC Thunder: Danilo Gallinari is leaving, it's just a matter of when

Strange night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder beat the Cavaliers to raise its record to 31-20 – the exact same as the 76ers, Mavericks and Pacers – and most of Big Blue Nation is bummed out, courtesy of the Danilo Gallinari speculation.

A variety of reports say the Thunder might join a three-team trade that would send Gallinari to Miami. The Heat already has a deal in place with the Memphis Grizzlies to bring Andre Igoudala to Miami.

The Thunder trade apparently would bring more draft currency to OKC, in the form of Miami removing the lottery protection from the Heat’s 2023 first-round pick that the Thunder owns, plus a likely 2025 or 2026 first-round Miami pick.

To offset the loss of Gallinari, the Thunder could be getting the Memphis duo of Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder, who both are on expiring contracts, same as Gallinari.

Would that be a bummer? Yes. Gallinari’s shooting and scoring is bounty the Thunder hasn’t enjoyed even during the Kevin Durant days. Gallinari joins with Dennis Schroder, Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to give OKC four big-time scorers. That’s new territory in Thunderland.

But the truth is, Gallinari is not a long-term Thunder piece. The idea that he might re-sign with OKC this summer is not rooted in rationality. Gallinari is 31 and at the point in his career where he needs a multi-year contract to insure maximum return for his talent. The Thunder is not in position to sign 31-year-olds to long-term contracts.

The Thunder’s excellent season has complicated matters, but Sam Presti doesn’t take his eye off the ball.

Keeping Gallinari now, then hoping a sign-and-trade this summer would bring assets to OKC, was and is feasible. But it’s also not a sure thing. Trading Gallinari is a bird in the hand.

Besides, if you’re Presti, playing the long game, being the adult in the room during all the euphoria over 31-20, you also should remember that OKC is 7-1 without Gallinari this season. And while Crowder and Hill are not Gallinari, they also aren’t bad ballplayers.

Both are combo forwards who can play some defense and aren’t terrible on offense. Heck, Hill is shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range this season. Crowder is mired in an awful slump, shooting 29.3 percent from deep, but he’s a career 33.4 percent shooter on 3-pointers.

This Thunder team is better off with Gallinari. But it’s not sunk without him. OKC seems destined to finish at least seventh, either way. And not rise above fifth, either way.

The Thunder is better off making decisions based on the future, not the present. If that means trading Gallinari now instead of perhaps in July, so be it.

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Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) makes a basket beside Cleveland's Darius Garland (10) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) makes a basket beside Cleveland's Darius Garland (10) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The...

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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