The Boston Celtics on Friday confirmed the veteran forward suffered a torn ACL while playing overseas during a FIBA World Cup qualifying game. The original diagnosis was a torn meniscus. Gallinari tore the same ACL in 2013.
The Celtics did not offer a timeline on Gallinari’s return, but The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the typical recovery time ranges anywhere from six months to a year, meaning Gallinari is in danger of missing the entire 2022-23 NBA season, his first with the Celtics.
“The Celtics and Gallinari worked together this week on a complete, thorough analysis following the knee injury on Saturday during FIBA play for Italy,” Charania tweeted.
Gallinari signed with the Celtics in the offseason in a move he said was a “no-brainer” for him. President of basketball operations Brad Stevens was excited to see the newcomer play, and Gallinari quickly became a fan favorite with one tweet and figured to provide a huge scoring boost to a Celtics bench that struggled during the NBA Finals.
It’s certainly a blow to the Celtics, and it’s unclear how the team will replace him. They’ll likely need to figure out a timeline before making any moves, but this isn’t a great start to what’s sure to be a strong season for the C’s.