Nuggets' Gallinari reportedly hitting market

Ashish Mathur

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari intends to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, according to Yahoo Sports.

Gallinari's player option is reportedly worth $16.1 million. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 63 games this past season.

Per Yahoo Sports:

Gallinari will become one of the top available forwards in the July marketplace, but league sources say that he remains open to the possibility of returning to the Nuggets on a long-term deal.

Denver GM Tim Connelly has expressed a strong desire to keep Gallinari as part of the franchise’s core.

No matter, the Nuggets are sure to face some competition -- perhaps depending what happens with other top free agent forwards such as Blake Griffin (LA Clippers) and Paul Millsap (Atlanta).

As Yahoo noted: "After a knee injury and surgery that cost him the 2013-14 season, Gallinari has re-established the durability of his knee in the past two seasons and possesses a 3-point acumen that makes him a desired commodity in free agency." (Full report.)