Danilo Gallinari was traded well before the trade deadline. Gallinari was sent to the Detroit Pistons in the Marvin Bagley trade that landed the second overall pick in Washington. Detroit was trying to get off of Bagley's contract and took contract fillers in return.
The Pistons were unable to move Gallinari at the deadline and with there being no point of having him on the roster, the team quickly moved to buy him out once a trade was not possible. The veteran wing will now have a chance to sign with a contender instead of playing on two of the worst franchises in the sport.
Gallinari has not had a great season this year and that could be concerning after he missed all of last year with injury. However, at his best, Gallinari is still someone who can space the floor in the frontcourt and give a team more flexibility with their rotations.
Whether he is playing the four next to Anthony Davis or is even playing small-ball center with LeBron James on the court, Gallinari can open new doors for the Lakers. Gallinari, on paper, gives the Lakers the same offensive presence as Christian Wood without the frustrating defense on the other end.
Gallinari is by no means a defensive menace and he isn't someone who the Lakers would want playing 20 minutes a game in a playoff series. But with underwhelming front-court depth, Gallinari can improve the team in the regular season.