3 potential buyout options for the Golden State Warriors' 15th roster spot

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1. Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari has had a long and very successful NBA career, with the 35-year-old in the midst of his return after missing the entire 2022-23 season due an ACL tear sustained while playing for his country last year.

The Italian had signed a two-year, $13.3 million deal with the Boston Celtics just prior to the injury, ultimately never suiting up for what was his sixth NBA franchise. The Celtics traded Gallinari to the Washington Wizards during the offseason in the deal that brought them Kristaps Porzingis.

The 35-year-old is currently undertaking a new role with the Wizards, often playing as a backup five rather than the power-forward spot he's been accustomed to throughout his career. Gallinari might not be the same player he once was, but he's 6'10" and doesn't seem to have lost any of his shooting ability.

Gallinari is currently averaging 8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in around 15 minutes per game, shooting 51.6% from the floor and 33.3% from three-point range. They're solid numbers given his return from injury, even despite Washington's horrific 2-10 record.

The Wizards and Gallinari are saying all the right things about him being an important lockerroom presence within a young team, but realistically he could be a buyout candidate later in the season. Of course, Washington would prefer to find value for him via trade, though that may not necessarily be forthcoming.

The Warriors could hold some interest in the veteran, even if his skillset overlaps a bit with offseason acquisition Dario Saric. Gallinari may have more versatility as a scorer than Saric, although his age and injury history does pose a question of what kind of impact he can have on a championship-aspiring team.