Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari To Rejoin Italian Club, According To Report

DENVER, CO - APRIL 25: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates after hitting a three point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 25, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is reportedly close to heading home for Italy. He is close to a deal with Olimpia Milano.

While Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith are headed to China for basketball season this fall, don't count on former teammate Danilo Gallinari to head west across the Pacific Ocean to join them. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport (via the Associated Press), Danilo Gallinari is going to make the trek back to Italy and play for his former team, Olimpia Milano.

The only issue remaining is an insurance deal to cover possible injuries that could arise while he plays in Italy. A team spokesperson has cautioned that the deal is not complete yet. He will reportedly have an opt-out in his contract that would allow him to return to the NBA this season should the lockout end.

Gallinari arrived in Denver as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade in February. The 23-year-old averaged 14.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 31 minutes per game for 14 games. He will receive playing time along the win with Arron Afflalo and rookie Jordan Hamilton once the NBA starts play again.

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