Celtics striker Danilo Gallinari has been diagnosed with a ruptured ACL in the same knee he injured in 2013.

Danilo GalinariThe 2022 season is over before it even begins.

The veteran striker reportedly ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Shams Al Shaaraniya Athlete. It’s the same injury he sustained in 2013 that forced him to miss the entire season.

He injured his knee in a FIBA ​​qualifying match for the Italian national team on August 27. was so It was originally diagnosed with a meniscus tear After a non-contact injury, but the second opinion clearly revealed more damage.

Gallinari signed a two-year, $13.3 million contract with the Celtics this off-season after he was traded and eventually waived by the San Antonio Spurs. He spent the previous two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 12.4 points per game at 24.7 minutes per game. The 13-year-old veteran averaged 15.6 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game. Gallinari also shoots 38.2 percent behind the arc.

It’s a huge blow to the Celtics, who were planning to rely on Gallinari’s production on the bench. It was the first time Gallinari picked the team he played for after being traded from the New York Knicks to the Denver Nuggets to the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Hawks and finally to Tottenham since he started his career in 2008.

The Celtics will need to replace the Gallinari somehow Suggest one report Boston might be interested in Carmelo Anthony.

Danilo Gallinari was poised to be a major contributor to the Celtics in 2022 (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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