Danilo Gallinari to return against Timberwolves

November 5, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (8) controls the ball against Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari will return for his team’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night after missing the last month with a strained left glute, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Gallinari last played on Nov. 5, when he exited the Clippers’ loss to the Miami Heat with the injury.

In nine games this season, Gallinari is averaging 12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists over 31.9 minutes per game while shooting 35.5 percent from the floor, 26 percent from 3-point range and 96.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The 29-year-old is in his first year with Los Angeles after coming over in a trade with the Denver Nuggets over the summer.

Gallinari has dealt with myriad injuries throughout his 10-year NBA career and has never played a full 82-game season. He has only played 70 games twice, last accomplishing that feat during the 2012-13 campaign.

The Italian was originally selected by the New York Knicks with the sixth overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. He lasted two and a half years with the Knicks before being dealt to the Nuggets midway through the 2010-11 season as part of the deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York.

Gallinari resided in Denver for six and a half years, and when healthy, he was one of its most reliable scorers. Last season, he put up 18.2 points per game on a 44.7 percent shooting clip, making 38.9 percent of his 3-point attempts and 90.2 percent of his foul shots.

He owns career averages of 15.3 points, 4.7 boards and two assists per game.

The Clippers have gotten off to a miserable 8-14 start this year.

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