There’s a solid chance Danilo Gallinari may never suit up for the Boston Celtics during the 2022-23 season. After tearing his ACL in late August, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Gallinari’s recovery timeline could range from six to 12 months.

Should Gallinari not play at all, the Celtics could entertain the possibility of trading him. According to Spotrac, Gallinari’s contract becomes trade eligible on Dec. 15. Gallinari will make $6.4 million this season, so his contract could be used to acquire a rotation player. However, an Eastern Conference executive revealed to Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney why it would be a bad idea for the Celtics to trade Gallinari.

“They can’t trade Gallinari,” the exec said. “I mean, they could, but it would hurt their reputations among players and agents. They sign a guy who really wanted to be there, and he gets hurt, so you dump him? That is a bit too cold. They have been smart to play Sam Hauser, but that does not mean they will move Gallinari.”


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The exec then explained why it would be hard for them to trade Gallinari even if they wanted to trade him.