2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Italy's Danilo Gallinari undergoes appendectomy while preparing for FIBA World Cup

Coming off a career-best season with the LA Clippers, forward Danilo Gallinari had been working out with the Italian national team in preparation for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in China.

But those efforts will be halted temporarily after the Italian Basketball Federation announced Sunday that Gallinari underwent an appendectomy in Verona.

The federation indicated he’ll rest for a few days before resuming basketball activities with the team in Rome from August 12-14.

Last season with the Clippers — his second in LA after seven with the Nuggets — Gallinari averaged a career-best line of 19.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game along with 46.3% shooting (including 43.3% from deep). Traded to the Thunder as part of the Paul George deal, Gallinari is expected to shoulder a similar scoring burden in Oklahoma City.